There are several professional spectrums that can be categorized under the human services career field. For example, legal professionals can be very vital to the human services profession whether it is for inter-professional collaborations or for professional legal counseling. This can be found true, when taking a look at an organizational chart for any state agency’s Department of Human Resources (DHR) and/or Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) organization chart. The ultimate goal of these professions is to serve their clients while promoting and enhancing diversity within our communities as well as eliminating all forms of discriminations. On the other hand, for each professional spectrum that falls under the human services umbrella, there are professional associations.
The National LGBT Bar Association which was formed because in today’s society, when it comes to being out in your profession many people may feel that their sexuality may be irrelevant to their ability to perform a specific job task and/or skill. Although this may be true to a certain degree; there are some professions such as the human services field as well as the legal field that tries to understand, educate, and protect diversity. For example, The American Bar Association (ABA). They believe in supporting those who are out and proud in their profession; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) legal issues as well as diversity within its community. This is accomplished in conjunction with The National LGBT Bar Association, formally known as the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA).
The National LGBT Bar Association’s mission is to promote justice within and throughout the legal profession for the LGBT community and all of its diversity (The National LGBT Bar Association, 2014). This association is composed of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals to include students and activists as well as other LGBT legal organizations. They also work hard to promote the understanding and education of LGBT individuals as it pertains to the legal field. There are available resources on their website, such as videos of current legal issues ranging from youth, family law, employment discrimination, special events, and several other issues. They also provide educational programs on transgender law, legal protection against bullying LGBT youth and many others.
It is commonly known that all big things start from small visions. Therefore, it was in 1987 at the Lesbian & Gay March on Washington when the vision of the National LGBT Bar Association came about by an insignificant group of family law practitioners. They saw a vast need for an organization to serve as a legal voice for those within the LGBT community. They have now been in existence for twenty-five years since holding their first Lavender Law Conference in 1988 at the Golden Gate University in San Francisco. It wasn’t until 1992 when the LGBT Bar became officially affiliated with the ABA and now...