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The last year has been particularly challenging for us all and especially so for members of the LGBT+ community, with almost one quarter of young people at risk of homelessness identifying as LGBT+ and more than one in ten LGB people facing domestic abuse from their partner, rising to 19% for trans people.
When reflecting on my own experience of seeking to become a barrister as a gay man, I realised that there were very few visible role models who I could look to for inspiration that it would be possible to be who I am at work and for it not to affect my prospects of pupillage or a successful career.
However, when I started pupillage, I realised that the Bar is much more colourful place than I first thought, although it still has a very long way to go before it is truly representative of society as a whole. I was fortunate enough to discover and, in many instances, become good friends with a host of people who are working tirelessly to change the face of the Bar in all aspects of diversity, including through the work of FreeBar which is on a mission to improve visible inclusivity at the Bar with its ground-breaking visibility project and FreeBar Charter.
Therefore, for my contribution to LGBT+ History Month 2021, I wanted to highlight a small selection of the lawyers who are gay men and inspired me with their positive contributions to LGBT+ inclusion at the Bar:
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