This LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Shearman & Sterling recognizes the Black pioneers and activists for LGBTQ+ rights whose work has been an example to tens of millions of people. This is an especially poignant time with respect to the dignity of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States. On the one hand, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock vs. Clayton County earlier this month is cause for hope and celebration. Employment protections are an essential component of the struggle for full LGBTQ+ equality. Yet, the violent discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people, particularly trans women of color, persists. It is a reality that is sustained by a pervasive culture of misogyny, homophobia, and racism which inflicts these atrocities, and then denies, minimizes or ignores their existence.
Shearman & Sterling recognizes the contributions that our LGBTQ+ colleagues have made to the firm throughout its history including the firm’s founding partner John Sterling, who our LGBTQ+ inclusion network is named after. Named among the best places to work for LGBTQ+ equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the 11th consecutive year in a row, we are proud of our inclusive working environment, which is essential to providing the perspectives and depth of solutions that we know our clients need to succeed.