The San Antonio LGBT Bar Association will hold its inaugural meeting with speakers, networking, and refreshments on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Radius Center at 106 Auditorium Cir. The newly created group was established to promote education on issues relating to LGBT law; study and report on laws, decisions, and governmental regulations as they might affect the rights and responsibilities of LGBT persons; provide a common forum; raise the profile and acceptance of LGBT people in the legal community; and serve as examples for professionalism. Similar organizations are currently in place in Dallas, Austin, and Houston.

“There is an incredible need to offer CLE education in the many legal issues and client needs of LGBT persons in Texas,” said Gary Schumann, head of the membership committee of the State Bar of Texas LGBT Law Section. “It is a very exciting time to be involved with this type of organization.”

Schumann, who also helped found the Austin LGBT Bar Association in 2010, says there has already been a tremendous response to the San Antonio group. Membership in the new organization is open to anyone interested in LGBT legal issues in order to better represent LGBT clients.

Saturday’s event will begin at 5:30 and interested attendees should RSVP to For more information, to go or email Arabia Varhas at