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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

Happy Pride 2021! 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic changed the world. 2021 provides a platform for us all to emerge from the past year, to reflect on our resilience, come together in support of our LGBT+ and allies communities, and to take that energy into the future.

Our Arcus Pride Art galleries, assembled through our Arcus networks across the globe, are part of our commitment to both celebrate and champion LGBT+ people and their equality. Through these galleries we aim to raise awareness, and empower and inspire people to become advocates and supporters of LGBT+ equality.

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Event highlights

Choir@CC performs "Let's Do It"

Global

Clifford Chance's global (virtual) choir has recorded a performance of 1920s New York writer and singer Cole Porter's Let's Do It.

Cole Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Writing in 1920s New York, Cole found a clever way to write freely without fear of retribution. His love songs are coded, loaded with sly references to those in the know, and wonderfully ambiguous. For the first time in mainstream culture he deliberately replaced “he” and “she” with “me”, “you” and "us".

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Arcus Conversations: World AIDS Day

Global

Associates Oliver James and Ken Terado reflect on World AIDS Day, discussing how HIV/AIDS still affect the LGBTQ+ community and many others. They explore the links between HIV/AIDS and Covid-19, the persisting stigma from the 1980s, and scientific developments which could see us eradicate the virus indefinitely.

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Virtual gallery tour

Australia

We have partnered with Glamazon to host a virtual Pride exhibition which features over 40 artworks from 18 artists.

This year's 2020 Australia Pride art explores the theme of 'Strength and Resilience' across a variety of mediums, including traditional painting, digital works and sculpture. This exhibition is a co-curated effort by Jimmy Twin and Daniel Theophanou.

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Trans Day of Remembrance

UK

Legal Support Secretary Tate Smith speaks about his experiences of facing prejudice at work and how firms can help to protect trans employees.

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International Lesbian Day

Australia

Clifford Chance Arcus Australia and Pride in Diversity's Sapphire network hosted our virtual International Lesbian Day event in October.

The event focused on ‘Celebrating your HerStory’ and we were joined by a panel of exceptional women, from a range of industries and backgrounds, who discussed their personal journey through their queer careers.

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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.

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

Acting on behalf of Christie Elan-Cane, we have secured permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court to challenge the UK Government's policy to refuse to issue non-gendered passports.

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.

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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