Browse our list of upcoming and archived events. The events featured are aimed to support organizations that align with our mission and make a positive impact in our community. We invite you to to join us and be part of these meaningful events and initiatives
2023 ABA DEI Virtual Summit
NTBA co-chair D Dangaran will be moderating a CLE panel at this year’s ABA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit, which takes place October 23-24. The Summit is free for law students, $99 for ABA members, and $149 for non-members.
D’s panel, entitled “Lawyers in Drag and anti-Drag Legislation,” will discuss the discriminatory bills pushed by right-wing groups that are advancing in state legislatures. In this context of mounting challenges, the importance of preserving drag culture as a form of artistic expression and LGBTQ+ representation becomes ever more crucial. Drag is a challenge to the normative conceptions of gender under heteropatriarchal norms. This session is not a Gender 101 or Trans 101 session; rather, the panel presents the perspectives of experts and activists who see drag as one of many tools of a gender liberatory framework. The panel will highlight current challenges to those bills, as well as the experiences of two drag performers who also happen to be lawyers who currently or formerly fought for LGBTQ+ rights.
Fall Mentorship Mixer – October 26th
The NTBA Mentoring Committee invites all mentors, mentees, and any members interested in the mentoring program to a Spooky Social! The social is an opportunity to chat casually about topics related to mentoring within the trans legal community and to get to know each other. Attendees will also receive a scary snack ($30 Doordash voucher)!
Please join us at 7:30 pm Eastern/4:30 pm Pacific! If you have any questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NTBA Annual Membership Meeting
Save the Date!
NTBA is pleased to announce that the annual membership meeting will be held over Zoom at 5pm EDT on Thursday, August 10! All members are invited. Watch for an email later this month with more details.
2023 Transgender Law Institute
The Transgender Law Institute is a participatory space where lawyers, law students, and activists invested in or interested in learning more about the issues facing the trans community can build community and make commitments for collective action. TLI will be a space for everyone affected to discuss the state of affairs, ideate best next steps as a movement, and cultivate trans resiliency. TLI will take an equitable approach to centering trans lived experiences. With that in mind, we welcome everyone to join for any part of the Institute. The Transgender Law Institute is open to all approved attorneys and law students.
This year’s leaders for the 2023 TLI will NTBA Co-Chairs: Rafael Langer-Osuna (Squire Patton Boggs) and D Dangaran (Rights Behind Bars).
Here is a list of the events at the wider conference that highlight trans issues or include NTBA Board members on the panel (we may have missed some, and apologize if so):
9:00 AM: How Your LGBTQ+ Identity – and Other Intersectional Identities – Can Help You Shine In Job Searching and Recruitment Efforts
7:30 AM: Diversity of Tactics, Pinkwashing, and the Future of the Movement
9:00 AM: Blurring the Binaries
9:00 AM: ID Docs for Transgender People: Beyond the Basics
9:00 AM: Litigation and Advocacy Surrounding Attacks on Gender-Affirming Care
10:45 AM: Board Yet?: Everything You Want to Know about Serving on a Non-Profit Board
10:45 AM: Overcoming Stigmas: Using ADA Litigation to Secure Transgender People’s Rights
10:45 AM: The Supreme Court’s 2022-23 Term and What’s on Deck for Next Year
10:45 AM: Transgender Athletes and the Race to Ban Them From Competing
12:30 PM Luncheon & Plenary: Messaging Matters – How to Respond Accurately and Effectively to Anti-Trans Rhetoric
2:15 PM: Courtroom Careers for Trans, Nonbinary, and Queer Lawyers
2:15 PM: Rainbow Bars: Civil Litigation and Advocacy for LGBTQ+ People in Prisons and Jails
4:00 PM: Creating More Welcoming Workplaces: Practical Steps Towards Nonbinary Inclusion in the Legal Profession
4:00 PM: Giving Back: How Law Firms and Companies Can Serve the Holistic Needs of Our LGBTQ+ Community with Dedication and Respect
4:00 PM: LGBTQ Sex Workers and the Law
2:15 PM: Confronting Cross-Border Restrictions to Gender-Affirming and Abortion Care
2:15 PM: SOGI Inclusion in and Through the Courts: How Courts Are Ensuring Procedural Fairness and Advancing Access to Justice for LGBTQ+ Court Users
4:00 PM: Data Matters: How Research Shapes Policy Around HIV Criminalization, Abortion Access, and Gender-Affirming Care
4:00 PM: Protecting the Rights of LGBTQ+ Youth in Education
4:00 PM: The Polyamory Tipping Point
And here is the information on our TLI panels, scheduled on July 26 from 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM.
8:40 AM – 10:10 AM: What’s Happening and How Did We Get Here / SURVIVE
We have seen a stark rise in anti-trans legislation this year. This panel will provide an overview of the categories of anti-trans bills being advanced and signed into law and challenged in the court systems. The speakers will cover the bills that have sought to block trans people from receiving basic healthcare, education, legal recognition, and the right to publicly exist.
10:40 AM – 12:10 PM / STRIVE
A portion of TLI will offer CLE credit.
Please Note: You must already be registered for The 2023 Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair.
20th Annual San Francisco Trans March!
Join the NTBA at 4PM on June 23 at Dolores Park for the 20th Annual SF Trans March at 6PM!
This year marks a milestone in our journey as we come together for the 20th time to honor the resilience, strength, and beauty of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Join us as we raise our voices, stand in solidarity, and march proudly through the streets of San Francisco.
Continue to watch our social media for more details on our meeting location and details for today!
Jones Day & NTBA Pride Month Mixer
Save the Date! Join us on June 22 for a spectacular Pride Month Mixer hosted by the NTBA and Jones Day at the Jones Day’s San Francisco office!
Get ready for an unforgettable day of celebration, connection, and community. Stay tuned as we share more details and RSVP information. You won’t want to miss this incredible event!
Join Us for our Trans Movement Mingle
The Board of Directors at the National Trans Bar Association (NTBA), is thrilled to announce our Trans Movement Mingle event taking place during our upcoming Board Retreat weekend.
Our event will feature litigators from several SF-based non-profits who will share their work and experiences. This event provides an excellent opportunity for students, lawyers and community members in the San Francisco Bay Area to connect with legal professionals and learn more about the impactful work carried out by local non-profits.
Date: Saturday, May 27, 2023
Venue: East Bay Community Law Center 2921 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703
The best part: RSVP is FREE and OPEN! Don’t wait a moment longer; secure your spot today. Visit the link below to secure your place at the Trans Movement Mingle. We can’t wait to see you there!
Additionally, we want to make it accessible to everyone. As a result, there is no entry fee for this event. However, if you are able and willing, we have provided the option for individuals to make donations to support our organization’s mission and programs. Your contributions, no matter the amount, go a long way in making a positive impact. If you’d like to donate, please do so here.
If you have any questions or require further information about the event, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. We will post event updates on all social media platforms and on our website.
Thank you for considering joining us.
Together, we can build meaningful connections, inspire change, and create a brighter future for all. See you there!
Yours in Solidarity,
NTBA Board of Directors
HOLI COLOR FEST RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO
IDEATE SF, The East Cut CBD, and TogetherSF bring an array of South Asian community organizations together to host the largest Holi color & dance festival in San Francisco- including South Asian LGBTQ led nonprofit ParivarBayArea, South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, Bhartiya Mandal Foundation, and Asha SF (under the global umbrella of Asha for Education).
South Asians across religions, regions, and languages celebrate Holi around the globe – Holi color festivals mark the arrival of Spring and the triumph of good over evil. This celebration will include festive colored Holi powders, live music, dance, stilt walkers, and delicious multicultural food and beverage vendors in the community marketplace.
TRANSGENDER NON-BINARY INTERSEX FOLX ON THE GUEST LIST. DM US.
Date and ime
Saturday, April 29 · 4 – 8pm PDT
The Crossing at East Cut 250 Main Street San Francisco, CA 94105
National Black Trans Advocacy Conference & Awards Gala
The National Black Trans Advocacy Conference & Awards Gala is celebrating their 10th conference. The conference and awards gala is a distinct educational and empowerment program event, home to nearly 300 plus trans and gender non-conforming individuals, our family, friends, community allies and corporate partners from across the country who are focused on advancing black trans equality.
Folks look forward to the conference each and every year in part because the BTAC conference is a unique life changing (5) day program that furthers education, provides linkage to resources, community building and organizing, leadership development and celebration of diverse identities. The conference is going from April 25-April 30, 2023.
BTAC is host to over 50 workshops, seminars, CE courses, general sessions, open-forum discussions, and guest speaker presentations bringing together community educators and leaders to address the critical issues of access and parity in our society.
The conference is FREE and open to the public to gather, educate, learn, build and grow together in unity.
Fight to Legalize Drag
Tennessee has passed a dangerous restriction on free speech and the artistic expression of drag, and we MUST FIGHT BACK! Legalize Drag is a collective of drag artist legal professionals protesting attacks on the art of drag and trans, gender non-confirming, and queer communities. Our goals are to raise awareness, bring together queer folks, and provide a clear pathway to donate to this cause. We are raising money for the grassroots organizations inclusion tennessee, Tennessee Equality Project, and Protect Trans Health TN.
Our fundraiser will be held on Saturday April 29, 2023 from 2:30pm – 5:30pm at OASIS (298 Eleventh St, San Francisco, CA 94103). The event will feature drag performances by LGBTQI+ legal professionals. Any performer payment will come from the organizers, not from the funds raised, so every dollar raised will go directly to supporting queer organizers in Tennessee. If other states pass drag bans in the meantime, or if Tennessee orgs express that they are already well-funded, then funds raised will go to grassroots organizers in other states with anti-drag and/or anti-trans legislation.
DJ Another Bard
Janani Ramachandran, Oakland City Councilmember for District 4
Monroe Lace and Rhiannon Jones
** Folks in drag can get in FREE but we encourage a minimum donation of $20 for all attendees. Trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming community members will not be turned away for inability to pay! Please only reserve this ticket if you are not otherwise able to contribute to this fundraiser and plan to attend.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd San Francisco Transgender Immigrant Symposium- Resource Fair
Join us in community as we present the 2nd transgender immigrant symposium of San Francisco on April 6th, 2023 from 12p-5p at the San Francisco State Building on Golden Gate Avenue.
We invite you to sign up for the resource fair and also take part in the overall symposium. The Resource fair’s dedicated time is from 3.30p-4:15p. Please feel free to attend all of the symposium, we would love to see you there.
Please review the following actions, as needed:
-RSVP: Since it is a state building, RSVPs are required. Please do RSVP as the entry list to the venue will be sourced from this invite. This is in addition to signing up for the resource fair.
– Lunch: We will have lunch/food on-premises and understanding that you are tabling at the same time, feel free to get the food to your tables( all boxed/wrapped food).
-Resources: We are able to provide a table and 2 chairs for each tabling partner.
– Swag/Giveaways: Please do feel free to bring and share Swag and Giveaways while the primary purpose of the tabling remains to share resources and services that Transgender folx can access, especially those of immigrant/migrant experience.
-Check-in time: Please arrive as early as 12 but no later than 2.30pm to have enough time for your setup and also be able to take part in the opening part of the program. Tables will be pre-assigned to each organization and shared at the time of check-in.
-Language: Please try your best to staff your table with multi-lingual folx, particularly ones who can converse in Spanish or Chinese as most of the participants might be mono-lingual.
100 Faces 100 Stories the collective
Chanel Lumiere supported in part by an arts grant from the City of West Hollywood, FLUX and AHF Pharmacy presents “100 Faces 100 Stories the collective” highlighting trans and non-binary artist and allies.
100 Faces 100 Stories the collective refers to the idea that art is within the process, and it is somehow in all of us. Will you allow yourself to unlock it? Transgender day of visibility (TDOV) is dedicated to education about transgender communities and important issues facing trans people across the country. It is also a day that celebrates Transgender individuals across the country. Artists and community groups coordinate events and educational opportunities to uplift the voices and experiences of transgender and non-binary (transgender/NB) communities.
This show is to share a moment where we can be as we are and express freely. This show is about being able to just have fun.
All black dress code suggested.*
Beats by: Legendary DJ Sidney Perry
Date and Time:
Fri, March 24, 2023
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Connie Norman Transgender Empowerment Center
1001 North Martel Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046
Protecting Trans Rights: Conversations with Litigators on the Front Line
Join Baker Botts on Thursday, March 9th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for a networking event and panel discussion on protecting trans rights with litigators on the front line. The event will be held at Baker Botts’ D.C. office. Please RSVP for the in-person or virtual event using the links below.
The panel will feature Lambda Legal Director of the Non-Binary and Transgender Rights Project Sasha Buchert; Rights Behind Bars Movement Lawyering and Litigation Fellow D Dangaran; and Baker Botts Pride in Action lawyers Maddy Dwertman and Scott Novak. Food and drinks will be provided throughout, and the panel will run from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
2023 NTBA SCOTUS Group Ceremony
Apply now to be part of the next group of NTBA members to be admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Our first group admissions ceremony, in January, in which the first ever cohort of 12 transgender attorneys stood before the full U.S. Supreme Court bench and was sworn in, was a widely heralded success and a much needed piece of good news amidst the many state level attempts to legislate the erasure of transgender Americans. So we’re doing it again.
On December 6, 2023 we will again bring 12 transgender attorneys from across the nation before the Court to be sworn in, a powerful statement showing that we are an important part of the legal system.
You must be admitted to the practice of law in your home state for a minimum of three years. You must be able to appear in Washington DC early in the morning of December 6, 2023. You’ll have to fill out an application form and get it back to us by June 30, 2023. The fee for admission to the Supreme Court Bar is $200.00, and the admission is lifetime.
In the past the NTBA has paid the admission fee for those in financial need.
Black LGBTQ+ Legal Professionals Caucus
In 2021, the National Bar Association’s LGBTQ+ Division and the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association embarked on an exciting new joint endeavor: the Black LGBTQ+ Legal Professionals Caucus. This Caucus serves as a networking and supportive space for Black- and LGBTQ-identifying lawyers, judges, law students, paralegals, and other legal professionals to work together across organizations for mutual success. In 2023, the group plans to resume meeting virtually in a safe and supportive community, with annual in-person meetings and a Caucus dinner to be held in connection with the LGBTQ+ Bar’s annual Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair. From time to time, the Caucus may hold educational, entertainment, and CLE events, which will be open to all members of both the NBA and the LGBTQ+ Bar, including allies.
All Black LGBTQ+ legal professionals are invited to join the Caucus by completing the membership form below. Please note: you must affirm on the form that you are (1) Black-identifying, (2) a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and, (3) in the legal profession. Once approved, you will be added to a Google Groups listserv for ease of communication; only Caucus members, LGBTQ+ Bar staff, and NBA LGBTQ+ Division Board members will have access to posts on the listserv.
For questions, please write email@example.com.
ACS Bay Area Trans Rights Webinar
The rights and even existence of transgender people continue to come under heavy fire in many states. California continues to lead the way on protective laws and policies, including a recent youth sanctuary law.
What’s coming in 2023 state legislative sessions? What’s the best way to fight for trans rights on the ground? Do constitutional principles both underpin and endanger trans rights? What does this heated battle tell us about bodily autonomy and individual liberty in a divided America? Can we expect the Supreme Court to continue its assault on equal protection and due process under the guise of religious liberty?
ACS BALC hosts a majority-transgender panel to dive into these questions and more.
Monday, January 30, 2023 (5:00PM – 6:30PM PST)
Location: Zoom Webinar
To attend this FREE webinar visit the following link to register: https://getinvolved.acslaw.org/component/events/event/1203
ParivarBayArea cordially invites you to QueerTrans New Year Celebration on January 21st at Casements SF from 5pm.
The event offers food, drinks, performances and PRIZES!!!
A great way to begin 2023 as we celebrate our QUEER TRANS intersectional unity and celebrate the many new year cultural celebrations.
Sat, January 21, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST
Casements Bar 2351 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94110
Free RSVP Here
BALIF’s Halloween Fundraiser Benefitting Parivar – Co-Sponsored by NTBA
On October 28, 2022 the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) will be having a Halloween fundraiser to benefit Parivar Bay Area, which is America’s only transgender-led, transgender-centering South Asian organization.
NTBA is co-sponsoring this event and we encourage those that are able to attend and/or donate to do so here.
* Date: October 28, 2022
* Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
* Location: The Lookout, 3600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
1) General Admission – $25.00
2) Donate a Ticket – $25.00
If you have the capacity, please consider donating the cost of an additional ticket. Your contribution will allow the BALIF community to enjoy this event, while ensuring we can raise life-saving funds for the TGI Justice Project.
3) Admission (Law Student or Unemployed) $10 – $10.00
If you are a law student or not currently employed, we invite you to pay a minimum of $10, but no BALIF member will be turned away for lack of funds. If you cannot afford to pay for a ticket, you can get the BALIF member discount code here.
The 2022 Trangender Law Institute, July 29th
The 2022 Transgender Law Institute (TLI) is coming to you again as part of the annual Lavendar Law Conference. This year, the conference will be held in-person in Los Angeles, California from July 27 to the 29th, with TLI falling on the 29th.
Virtual Pride Social on June 22!
Please join us for a virtual Pride event June 22! First , thre will be a Mentorship Social from 7:00-8:00 EDT for all who are participating in or interested in the mentorship program–register here by June 15th for a $35 Doordash voucher!
For those not interested in the mentorship program, we’ll host a Pride-themed meet and greet from 8:00-9:00pm EDT!