As an articled clerk in 1994 I discreetly joined LAGLA, the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association, and I recall receiving their newsletters at home in plain brown envelopes, long before emails. All their meetings and events seemed to be held in London, where I suspected it was perhaps easier to be “out” as a lawyer than it was in the provinces.
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Family: the word means something to us all, both professionally and personally. For now though, can we all put aside the ‘lawyer’ in ‘family lawyer’ and reflect just on the ‘family’.
When I was asked to write this, I was told “the more personal it is, the better”, which put me off putting pen to paper. My experience of being a Black LGBT+ person growing up in the UK in the 90s is deeply personal and bite-sized versions of a formative human experience made me worried about being misquoted, misunderstood and judged.
Understanding your own experience, or indeed the experience of others, is an ongoing process. So, this will be a “where I am right now at my current state of evolution and understanding”.
When I was first approached to write this article to celebrate LGBT History Month, I panicked.
Representing lesbian mothers in 1980s Britain meant challenging rampant homophobia. It's a history that should not be forgotten.
To mark LGBT History Month, Resolution is sharing personal stories from members about their life in family law.