Tom Steel’s Legacy: Advancing the Guild’s Advocacy and Moving Beyond Gay Marriage

Carlos Villarreal
Executive Director

Last week’s Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a constitutionally protected right to marriage is historic and the result of decades of struggle. However, it should not be seen as the culmination of the struggle, as there is so much more to win for genuine LGBTQ equality. Indeed, marriage is, historically, a conservative institution, and the majority opinion is riddled with praise for the institution and its importance in our intimate associations. It is of course important for many of us, but that doesn’t mean that those who choose to not marry, or those who are polyamorous, or those who never get married for any other reason, do not have relationships that are as important. In many states, despite this win at the Supreme Court, employees can be fired because they are gay or transgender, and may have no recourse. Despite this win at the High Court, trans women of color continue to be overincarcerated and, in a prison system that is already rampant with abuse and torture, transgender inmates often face even worse conditions than cisgender inmates.

Law Students Gather To Build Community, Prepare for the 2015 Law for the People Convention

Law students from five bay area law schools gathered at UC Hastings on Saturday, June 13, for a Student Retreat and New Board Orientation. The event was organized by the SF Bay Area NextGen Committee, and students representing the NLG chapters at UC Berkeley, Golden Gate, UC Hastings, USF, and Stanford were in attendance.


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