LGBT Section

The section strives to enhance the status of and provide opportunities to LGBT attorneys and their allies, and to advocate for the TBA's participation on issues of concern to members. Learn more, contact Jenny Jones at

Legal Aid of East Tennessee
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Johnson City, TN 37604
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University of Memphis Cecil C....
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Memphis, TN 38103
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Brentwood, TN 37027
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Tennessee Bar Association
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Nashville, TN 37219

Connecticut is Recruiting LGBT Families to Adopt and Foster Kids

Connecticut’s child welfare agency has launched an initiative to actively recruit members of the state’s LGBT community to become foster and adoptive parents, PBS reports. Governor Dannel P. Malloy said on Thursday that Connecticut wants to be known as a state that welcomes and embraces the LGBT community. This comes as states such as Kansas and Oklahoma have passed legislation allowing the denial of adoptions to LGBT families by faith-based organizations. Connecticut has around 4,300 children in state care, with about half unexpected to return to their biological families.

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LGBT Students in Oregon Were Bullied, Forced to Read Bible, Report Says

In an Oregon high school, LGBT students were taunted with homophobic slurs, pelted with food and when punished, forced to read the Bible, The New York Times reports. Students spoke on those allegations in recent investigative reports into the state’s North Bend School District. In the reports, gay and lesbian high school students described years of harassment and bigotry from school employees and other students, with a deeply religious culture that silenced their complaints. The state found “substantial evidence” of discrimination against LGBT students and maintains that top officials fostered hostile conditions for LGBT students.

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