On November 5, Dorsey & Whitney LLP partnered with longtime client D.A. Davidson to host an event featuring Barbara Proud (B. Proud), photographer and author of First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships.
The event included an exhibition of select portraits from First Comes Love and a presentation by Proud. Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu also spoke at the event about marriage equality in Washington. Attendees included lawyers, legal professionals, law school students, and business leaders and executives from various companies and organizations, including Amazon, Starbucks, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington State Bar Association.
Dorsey’s Seattle diversity partner Kimton Eng said, “I think the First Comes Love event was a great way to bring together various members of the Seattle legal community to recognize such a timely and important subject.”
Justice Yu opened the program by speaking about her experience as the Supreme Court’s first LGBTQ justice, Washington’s marriage equality fight and her experience performing the first same-sex marriage in the state. The couple, Emily and Sara Cofer, who were married by Justice Yu at 12:01 a.m. on December 9, 2012, attended the event. Justice Yu also told a compelling story of why having events celebrating diversity is important for the community.
Proud shared her story of the conception and evolution of the First Comes Love project, weaving into her presentation the personal stories of her subjects and describing her efforts to self-publish and promote the book. Guests then enjoyed the beautiful photographs and personal stories of the couples, with refreshments and a book signing by Proud.
When asked about the event, Justice Yu stated, “The work of Barbara Proud captures the essence of love and longevity in relationships. The display of her photographs and the reception became a wonderful celebration of marriage and equality. It took me right back to that exciting moment on December 9, 2012, when we were authorized by the people of Washington to legally perform same-sex marriages here.”
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