LGBTQ Individuals Who Have Held the Post of Attorney General
The Attorney General is the principal legal advisor to government. They are often involved in prosecutions, law enforcement, and legal affairs of state. The position can also be known as Advocate General. Their general mission is to protect citizens, promote progress, and support civil rights.
While varying from one jurisdiction to the next due to statutory and constitutional mandates, the role of attorney general typically includes:
- Issuing formal opinions to state agencies
- Acting as public advocates in areas such as child support enforcement, consumer protections, antitrust and utility regulation
- Proposing legislation
- Enforcing federal and state environmental laws
- Representing the state and state agencies before the state and federal courts
- Handling criminal appeals and serious statewide criminal prosecutions
- Instituting civil suits on behalf of the state
- Representing the public’s interests in charitable trust and solicitations
- Operating victim compensation programs
Given the high profile of the role, having an LGBTQ individual holding the position presents visibility and a role model for members of the community. It reinforces the equality of individuals within society regardless of sexual orientation. LGBTQ Attorney General successes are representative of the successes of the entire LGBTQ community.
The closest thing to an advocacy group for LGBTQ Attorneys General is the Democratic Attorneys General Association and The National Association of Attorneys General, both located in the United States.
We have identified several LGBTQ Attorney Generals around the world.
- William Porter, Cape Colony
- Government Ministers of Justice Who Identify as LGBTQ
- LGBTQ Chief Justices
- LGBTQ Police and Law Enforcement Officers
- Practising LGBTQ Rights Lawyers
- Justice of the Peace, Magistrates, and District Court Judges Who Are LGBTQ