Welcome from the LGBTQI+ Working Group Chairs

The LGBTQI+ Working Group is comprised of attorneys and other staff from all eleven of the Division's sections, as well as members of the Division's leadership. The Working Group advises the Division's leadership and sections within the Division on legal and policy issues relating to discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, and HIV/AIDS status. The Working Group explores how existing federal civil rights laws enforced by the Division can address discrimination experienced by LGBTQI+ individuals and identifies appropriate matters and cases for the Division. The Working Group also provides technical assistance to other Department of Justice components and other federal agencies. The Working Group regularly conducts outreach to the LGBTQI+ community and other relevant stakeholders. Finally, the Working Group assists the Division and the Department of Justice with various diversity and education initiatives.

This website provides information on the work of the LGBTQI+ Working Group and the Division's efforts to protect the civil rights of LGBTQI+ individuals. The website describes the various laws that the Division enforces that may offer protection for LGBTQI+ individuals facing discrimination and serves as a resource for LGBTQI+ individuals and persons living with HIV/AIDS who believe they may be victims of discrimination. The website also contains updated public information, including press releases and case-related documents, that demonstrate the Division's commitment to protecting the civil rights of LGBTQI+ individuals and persons with HIV/AIDS.

We hope this website will serve as a useful resource for members of the LGBTQI+ community and other individuals facing discrimination based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, or HIV/AIDS status. We invite you to contact us by emailing the LGBTQI+ Working Group's email address at


David Knight, Trial Attorney, Disability Rights Section
Brandy Wagstaff, Trial Attorney, Criminal Section

LGBTQI+ Working Group Chairs


Updated December 12, 2022

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