Liskow, the Diversity Committee, and the firm’s I.D.E.A.L. group (Interoffice Diversity Engagement at Liskow), wish to recognize the conclusion of Pride Month 2021. Tomorrow, June 26, marks the sixth anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644, which recognized, after a decades-long fight, same-sex couples’ fundamental constitutional right to marriage. Monday, June 28, marks a more somber occasion—the 52nd anniversary of the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City. During the targeted police raid on members of the LGBTQ+ community, the community fought back, triggering a newfound national discussion on the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and a renewed fight for equality and justice. The firm is proud to support equality for all persons, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.
As part of this commitment to equality, the firm recently became a signatory to the Houston Bar Association’s updated 2021 Gender Fairness Commitment Statement, which, among other goals, commits signatories “to develop and implement objective and unbiased criteria and procedures for achieving equity and interrupting bias.” While this statement is an important step in the right direction, further work needs to be done to specifically affirm minority and LGBTQ+ groups. The firm is committed to doing that work, and to maintaining an environment welcoming to all persons.
For additional resources on Pride Month, LGBTQ+ information, and the Houston Bar Association’s 2021 Gender Fairness Commitment, please see: