At MoFo, we believe our differences don’t separate us; they make us stronger together. That is why we eagerly anticipate the month of June as a time to celebrate the progress and achievements made by the LGBTQ+ community in the past and present. We proudly honored Pride Month with a series of festivities across the firm.
MoFo welcomed Jenny Pizer, an attorney from Lambda Legal, on June 4 to speak on the topic: Is there religious exemption to anti-discrimination laws? Jenny explored potential threats in allowing businesses, landlords, and others who serve the public to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people based on asserted religious rights.
On June 9, MoFos in the Bay Area attended Pride Law Fund’s Annual Bay Cruise on the USS Potomac, and on June 15, MoFos in New York hosted a cocktail party to celebrate Pride Month.
Archivist/librarian Jeff Gunderson and author/librarian Jim Van Buskirk provided a visual tour of the San Francisco queer art scene on June 18. The presentation featured LGBTQ+ artists associated with the San Francisco Art Institute, including interior decorator Edward Searles, poet-filmmaker James Broughton, painter Bernice Bing, performance artist Jerome Caja, and photographers Catherine Opie and Annie Leibowitz.
San Francisco Pride is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ+ parades in the world. On June 24, MoFo teamed up with the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) to host a breakfast prior to the parade. Over 100 summer associates, law students, attorneys, judges, staff, and friends from around the Bay Area came to celebrate.
MoFo’s Palo Alto and San Diego offices hosted film viewings for attorneys and staff. Palo Alto showed the HBO Documentary The Case Against 8, an American documentary film that examines the landmark Supreme Court case that overturned California’s Proposition 8 and its ban on same-sex marriage. The San Diego office watched an episode of Gaycation, a documentary series hosted by openly gay actress Ellen Page in which she explores various LGBTQ+ cultures in locations around the world.
In a recent statement to The Recorder, managing partner of MoFo’s San Francisco office Philip Besirof defined firm culture. “We feel that attorneys and even our clients are best served when people can truly be themselves and carry themselves the way they perceive themselves in the office and workplace.”
Read more about MoFo’s commitment to LGBTQ+ equality in MoFo Proud.