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DID YOU KNOW?

Government Ministers of Justice Identify as LGBTQ

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The Minister of Justice of a country, or in many cases the Attorney General, is considered the chief legal advisor to the ruling government. They most often have responsibility over legal protections, law enforcement agencies, prosecution actions, legislative legal initiatives, and general legal affairs. In countries with multiple political jurisdictions, there are multiple levels of Ministers or Attorney Generals whose individual responsibilities will be dictated by the division of powers stated in a country's constitution. In many cases, it is an elected position.

As such, their individual impact on non-discrimination policies, equal opportunity policies, and enforcement of existing protective legislation for the LGBTQ community is enormous. Having an LGBTQ individual hold this position guarantees that the legal interests of the LGBTQ community is represented and sustained.

Many government Attorney Generals and Ministers of Justice have ordered investigations into the maltreatment of the LGBTQ community. They have led many government's push for legislative changes to expand equal legal rights to the community, have overturned previously restrictive practices and policies, and have upheld the mechanisms by which discrimination can be brought to light and dealt with.

Many of the LGBTQ individuals who have held the post of Government Minister of Justice or Attorney General were prior activist lawyers fighting for the advancement of equal rights for the LGBTQ community. Their street smarts have positioned them to ensure that their hard fought legal battles continue to have the intended impact. These include, for example, the first gay Attorney General for Israel Amir Ohana, the first lesbian to hold the position in the U.S state of Michigan Dana Nessel, or New Zealand's Christopher Finlayson. Unfortunately, a change in the elected representative holding the office to an opponent of LGBTQ rights can also result in a deterioration of those rights for the community, as we are currently witnessing in the United States at the federal level.

We have identified government Ministers of Justice who identify as LGBTQ from Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, and the United States. To read more and see the complete list, click HERE

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Announcing Our New Documentary Project - Being Different: 101 Global LGBTQ Individuals Who Changed the World

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Despite adversity and discrimination, LGBTQ individuals have excelled throughout history. Yet historians and academics have conveniently participated in the heterosexist erasure of these LGBTQ contributions by omitting the LGBTQ status of prominent historical figures from academic and historical documents. Accordingly, there are relatively few comprehensive projects which document and showcase the influence of these LGBTQ efforts.

Being Different: 101 Global LGBTQ Individuals Who Changed The World will be an original documentary outlining the contributions that members of the LGBTQ community have made, individually and collectively, to changing the world.

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A Path to Diversity: LGBTQ Participation in the Working World (Mark S. Bonham, 2017) investigates the current state of employment markets around the world for the LGBTQ community. Included is a discussion of equality in the workplace and why it is important to both the employer and employee, the wage gap, which professions are attractive to LGBTQ individuals and why, and the role of unions and government legislation. A survey of seventy five professions provides a status report for each, and seventy two biographies of influential LGBTQ professionals from around the world is included. 242 pages

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Notables: 101 Global LBGTQ People Who Changed the World (Mark S. Bonham, 2015) reveals a group of select global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals whose accomplishments in their profession changed the world in some relevant way. Included are founders of various social movements, innovators in sports, leaders in business and politics, explorers and discoverers, instigators in religious movements, thinkers in philosophy, infamous villains, creators of new academic fields of study, and risk takers in the arts, culture, and entertainment worlds. 212 pages.

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Champions: Biographies of Global LGBTQ Pioneers (Mark S. Bonham, 2014) reveals a group of select artists, writers, politicians, lawyers, sports figures, activists, and religious figures from around the world who have helped shape the history of the LGBTQ community. Presented in a convenient notebook format. 114 pages.

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