Legal Aid Training Session Screens “Suited,” Focuses on LGBTQ Experiences

The Legal Aid Society used the HBO documentary, “Suited,” a look into a Brooklyn-based clothier tailoring to the LGBTQ community, as a launching point for a discussion on LGBTQ experiences.

Kim Forte, Supervising Attorney of the LGBT Law and Policy Initiative at Legal Aid, facilitated the discussion at Thursday’s training, where audience members included social workers from the Society’s Criminal Defense Practice and Civil Practice. The training was a joint event with Goodwin Procter LLP, which hosted the screening and discussion.

Forte collaborated with Regina Schaefer, Director of Social Work for Legal Aid’s Criminal Defense and Civil Practices, and Carrie Gilman, Goodwin Procter’s Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, to create and deliver the event. Thomas Meriam, a Partner at Goodwin Procter and Board Member at Legal Aid, sponsored the event.

A second session will be held next month, which will examine the experiences of LGBTQ individuals involved in the criminal justice system.