LGBTQ Community

OutLaws is an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) members of the Law School community. Our goals are to provide a community for LGBTQ-identified people within YLS, to provide opportunities and connections for members of the YLS community who are interested in LGBTQ rights, and to advocate for legal issues of interest to the LGBTQ community. Founded in the early 1970s, OutLaws sponsors speakers, supports activism, hosts social and other community-building events, and represents Yale Law School at LGBTQ legal conferences and events. OutLaws brings the Law School community’s attention to issues of special concern to LGBTQ students, and serves as a bridge between Yale students, law school alumni, and the legal profession at large.

The YLS Nondiscrimination Policy states:

Yale Law School is committed to a policy against discrimination based upon age, color, handicap or disability, ethnic or national origin, race, religion, religious creed, gender (including discrimination taking the form of sexual harassment), marital, parental or veteran status, sexual orientation, or the prejudice of clients.

Meet the YLS OutLaws Board

Brandon Thompson and Jason Berkenfeld

Admissions Chair
Humza Bokhari

Community Programming Chair
Rory Coursey

Diversity Co-Chairs
John Perez and Olevia Boykin

Faculty Co-Chairs
Hillary Aidun and Jonah Wacholder

Political Advocacy Chair
Rachel Tuchman

Social Chair
Sophie House