A Culture. A Commitment. A Way of Life.
Steptoe is committed to fostering a firm culture that is welcoming and supportive to members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Pride, Steptoe’s affinity group for LGBTQ+ members and allies, ensures the firm meets its goals of inclusion within the firm and supports both equality and inclusion in the communities where we live and work through a variety of programs, including:
- Hosting speakers and events that address issues important to the LGBTQ+ community
- Offering a supportive space for dialogue concerning important LGBTQ+ issues
- Dedicating time and resources to pro bono work, including partnering with the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal
Last year, the Human Rights Campaign recognized Steptoe’s commitment to equality with a perfect score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index.
- Doron Ezickson from the Anti-Defamation League presented “The State of Hate in America and Strategies for Moving Forward,” sharing statistics about the current state of decline of tolerance in today’s society and how the internet has rapidly increased the ability to disseminate hate speech.
- Rachel Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, discussed the history of legal discrimination, legal developments impacting the LGBTQ+ community, and opportunities for civic engagement.
Pride Season 2018 Celebrations
- Hosted a breakfast with speaker Rachel Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, and a Pride kick-off lunch featuring an update about the state of play of LGBTQ rights in the US by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
- Transformed the Steptoe logo into rainbow colors, offered the option of adding one's preferred gender pronouns to the email signature block, and hosted several Casual for a Cause events for LGBTQ charities.
- Hosted the second annual Pride Happy Hour in Phoenix, as well as a Pride lunch in London.
- Displayed a Pride flag and culminated the month with a rainbow cake in New York.
- Hosted a tour of San Francisco highlighting local LGBTQ+ history, and attended Nationals Night OUT in Washington.
- Hosted An Evening OUT networking event in Washington for more than 120 lawyers and staff from peer firms, industry, and academia. Diana Flynn, Litigation Director at Lambda Legal, provided keynote remarks.