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Clifford Chance

LGBT+

Inclusion & diversity

Clifford Chance's goal is to be the global law firm of choice for LGBT+ people and for LGBT+ causes.

We have developed an global program of initiatives designed to help deliver greater equality for LGBT+ people in our firm, build the capacity of our clients to be stronger supporters of equality, and drive real change across the world. Across the world, being an LGBT+ person all too often means you are faced with legal discrimination and persecution. Working with partners in civil society and across the world of business, we are building partnerships and taking strategic action to help dismantle such laws, whilst at the same time we work constantly to change cultural attitudes that allow such laws to exist.

From Poland to Singapore, London to Brazil, we are working in courtrooms and communities to make sure no one ever feels that they will face a life of marginalisation simply because of who they are and who they fall in love with.

Virtual Pride

Pride Month, celebrated globally every June looks very different in 2020. For our LGBT+ and Allies communities, major celebrations of inclusion like Pride marches, community events, and our very own Arcus Pride Art events have been postponed or cancelled. At Clifford Chance, we are still committed to celebrating and championing LGBT+ inclusion with #VirtualPride.

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Event highlights

ACCEPT

London, UK

ACCEPT is our Diversity and Inclusion conference that aims to provide an opportunity for LGBT+ students interested in a career in law to hear from senior role models and understand how your sexuality can complement your career.

In this video, past ACCEPT attendees discuss why they think it's important to be part of this ground-breaking student conference.

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Pink Friday Pride

Asia Pacific

Our Beijing, Hong Kong, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney offices in pink for Goldman Sachs Pink Friday initiative to show our support for an LGBT-inclusive work environment.

Pink Friday started in 2014 when a Goldman Sachs employee in Hong Kong – who worked on the trading floor – had the idea to demonstrate visible support for the local LGBT+ community by gathering colleagues, friends and family together and inviting them to wear pink on a Friday.

The colour pink has become the symbol of the movement as it was commonly perceived as ‘the loudest and a more differentiated colour in the world of investment banks.'

Trans Day of Visibility

Global

We are committed to supporting trans people and this year we celebrated Transgender Day of Visibility by holding an online Q&A with a number of our staff members and clients. Throughout the year we also hold Lunch and Learn sessions focusing on language and the experiences of being a trans person.

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Pizza and Pronouns

Hong Kong

Clifford Chance are always looking for new ways to collaborate with clients to promote LGBT+ inclusion.

Together with JP Morgan we co-hosted a "Pizza and Pronouns" evening where people could learn more how to be an effective ally, and about the different experiences that make up LGBT+ and how we can promote confident conversations within our firms, with our clients and in society.

IDAHOBIT

Global

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is a globally recognised and supported day of significance that aims to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT+ people across the world.

May 17 was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation's decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. We are marking the day by hosting various events and 'Going Purple with Pride' activities in offices worldwide.

Millions of Moments of Pride

Amsterdam

In June 2019, Clifford Chance Amsterdam hosted an Arcus pride art exhibition, with the theme "Millions of Moments of Pride".

At the event, the firm's Global Head of Inclusion, Tiernan Brady, gave a talk on his work on the successful campaigns for equal marriage rights in Ireland and Australia. The exhibition itself was installed in the Amsterdam office's atrium, where Pride Photo Award showcased some of their most memorable photos.

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Pro bono highlights

Clifford Chance leads LGBT groups to victory in Poland

Warsaw, Poland

Our Warsaw team have won a legal victory in Poland on behalf of LGBT groups, successfully bringing a motion to a Polish court which ordered the conservative newspaper Gazeta Polska to halt the distribution of "LGBT-free zone" stickers.

Partner Marcin Cieminski and Advocate Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram led the pro bono team in the case, with the support from Advocate Monika Kozieł and Counsel Michał Drwal. Clifford Chance Warsaw is cooperating in this matter with Advocate Michał Wawrykiewicz.

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X-passports

London, UK

We are representing Christie Elan-Cane in judicial review proceedings challenging the UK Government' passport policy.

The Government's passport policy requires an applicant for a UK passport to declare their gender as being either male or female, and allows for a passport to be issued only identifying the bearer as either male or female; it doesn't allow non-gender specific alternatives (X Passports).

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LGBT+ in Brazil

Americas

We are currently acting for a Brazilian LGBT individual who is applying for asylum in the United States on the grounds of (i) persecution against LGBTs in Brazil and (ii) protection under the Convention Against Torture.

An initial application for asylum has been submitted and we are currently waiting for the Bethpage Asylum Office to schedule an interview with the client. The Clifford Chance team, led by Jeff LeMaster, a partner in our New York office, is comprised of associates and trainees from multiple offices, including Shane Meckler and Teo Pastor in São Paulo, Brian Yin and Giancarlo Reanda in New York and Deon Fang in London.

What does pride mean to you?

Our Arcus members and allies reflect on what pride means to them.

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Arcus

Arcus is our global inclusive employee network open to all Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans*, Intersex, Queer people and their Allies​​​. Arcus aims to encourage an inclusive and integrated culture within Clifford Chance that gives colleagues the choice to be open and out.

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