On July 27, 2017, the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (“LAGBAC”) celebrated its 30th Anniversary by welcoming over 200 guests to a gala held at the Peninsula Chicago Hotel. LAGBAC is one of the oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (“LGBTQ”) bar associations in the country and the first LGBTQ bar association to identify as such in its name. LAGBAC supports and strengthens the LGBTQ legal community by providing networking opportunities; continuing legal education; student grants and scholarships; mentoring to young lawyers and students; and evaluating judicial candidates for office.
The weather was perfect for the outdoor evening rooftop cocktail reception. The highlight of the cocktail party was a bagpipe procession from the rooftop deck into the dining room led by LAGBAC board member, Gavin Quinn. Between courses, LAGBAC Foundation President Jeremy Gottschalk, LAGBAC President Judge Cecilia Horan, State Representative Gregory Harris, and Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp called to mind the humble beginnings of the organization and recognized the magnificent progress made by both LAGBAC and the LGBTQ community since the organization was founded in 1987.
Although it was a night to celebrate, no one in attendance lost sight of the fact there is much more work to be done in support of LGBTQ rights; especially supporting and fighting for our transgender brothers and sisters.
Many high profile public figures were in attendance, including Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis, Illinois Appellate Court Justice Jesse Reyes, former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, former Police Commissioner Gary McCarthy, and countless LGBTQ and straight ally judges.