MoFo is proud of our LGBTQ+ lawyers and the contributions that they make to the firm and our communities every month of the year, but Pride Month is an especially exciting time for the firm as we come together to celebrate LGBTQ+ history, culture, and politics. During this month-long Q&A series, we’ll hear from a number of MoFo lawyers about what Pride Month means to them.
San Francisco litigation associate Sarah Davis is as fierce when it comes to defending consumer class actions and regulatory actions as she is advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and marriage equality. Her practice focuses on financial services and consumer litigation, and she also maintains an active pro bono practice. She recently spoke to us about her experience as a diverse lawyer and what Pride Month means to her.
What does Pride Month mean to you? How will you celebrate this year?
Pride Month is always a special time of year. Even after living in the Bay Area for over 30 years, I still get a little teary eyed when I see the rainbow flags lining Market Street. For me, this month has always been about a celebration of identity and community. It is also about coming together to reflect on and honor those who came before us and paved the way to our celebration. There is also still much to be done for LGBTQ+ equality. As such, Pride Month is also a time of reflection about what else we can do to support the movement. This year, my girlfriend and I will celebrate Pride by gathering with our community and donating to several LGBTQ+ organizations.
How, if at all, has being LGBTQ+ made you a better or different kind of lawyer?
I do not think being a lesbian has necessarily made me a better or different lawyer. I do, however, think that being out and present makes a big difference in a law firm community. We are very lucky here at MoFo to have firm leadership who are extremely supportive, and we have many LGBTQ+ lawyers and staff, but maintaining that support and visibility is critical to sustaining that atmosphere.
As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQ+ liberation, does this Pride Month hold a special meaning to you?
Fifty years is a big milestone and, of course, something to honor. I do not, however, think it is synonymous with 50 years of liberation. There are still a lot of forces looking to dismantle the rights LGBTQ+ people have gained over the last decade. For example, conversion therapy is still legal in a majority of states, and violence against LGBTQ+, especially transgendered, people is still prevalent. If anything, the 50th anniversary should serve as a reminder that sometimes we have to fight for true liberation.
Learn more about MoFo’s ongoing commitment to championing LGBTQ+ equality in the legal field and beyond.