The Law Society of Scotland is looking at creating an affiliated group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members.
Several members have shown an interest in such a group and research recently conducted by the Society suggests that between 3 and 4% of all members consider themselves to be gay, lesbian or bisexual and 4% currently live and work in the opposite gender to that assigned to them at birth.
Research conducted on behalf of the Law Society of England and Wales (LSEW) has recommended that a semi-anonymous group for gay and lesbian lawyers should be set up or endorsed by LSEW. This is partly in response to conclusion that there still exists considerable overt and covert discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the legal profession.
Neil Stevenson of the Society:
...In particular, we are asking if there is a need for such a group, what kind of support should be provided by the Society and what the remit of the group should be? For example, should it be simply a social grouping or should it be supported to campaign and promote?”
Campaign and promote? Do they consider promoting the legal profession as having an LGBT group will encourage young people of become lawyers? Doesn't this show that 4 or 5 years of university education doesn't necessarily provide anyone with a modicum of common sense.
As long as both societies pay for these groups from member subscriptions and not some form of government funding I have no complaint. In fact I don't have the slightest interest.
If you want to read a dramatic account of the report from a Scottish daily tabloid, you can do so here. It just as uninteresting. Why can't the LGBT members of our society accept nobody is interested in their 'plight' these days, because there is no 'plight'. Others won the battles long before them.