I’m not sure whether I should feel slightly uplifted or dejected by the new study on diversity by the New York City Bar Association. Based on responses from 74 firms that signed the bar’s statement of diversity principles, the study spotlights a few pockets of progress, threaded against a familiar story of stagnation.

First, the one bit of unalloyed good news that popped out of the study: New York’s gay lawyers are on a roll. While women and minorities are seeing ups-and-downs in their numbers, it’s all upwards for gay lawyers.

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