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LGBT history month is a chance to reflect on the challenges faced by many who fought to overcome antiquated views, writes Amy Clowrey

14 February 2017

February sees the annual celebration of LGBT history month in the UK. This year includes a focus on law as 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

According to the 2015 practising certificate holder survey, 2,417 lawyers registered that they were gay/lesbian and 438 that they were bisexual. In total, 2.6 per cent of certificate holders registered as LGBT. With that in mind, last year the Law Society established the LGBT Lawyers Division to bring solicitors together to share best practice and address current issues and challenges in a supportive environment.

While it is crucial to celebrate how much progress has been made, 50 years on, LGBT people still face discrimination, as do many other minority groups. Many of those at the junior end of the profession often feel they cannot speak out if they encounter d...

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