Law firms have made great strides on LGBTQ representation in recent years, particularly among younger attorneys. But that progress has not yet extended to the federal judiciary. Despite accounting for nearly 7% of the population of the United States, there are only a handful of sitting openly LGBTQ Article III judges. As major civil rights issues reach the federal bench with increasing frequency, many of the judges presiding over those cases will decide issues affecting the rights of LGBTQ people, making LGBTQ representation on the federal bench more important than ever.

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