• After much research, discussion, and feedback, we landed
on a heavily redesigned list of racial/ethnic identities.
• Under gender, we have added “transgender,” “non-
binary,” and “two-spirit” options to better mirror our
modern-day concepts of these identities.
• The sexual orientation question used to be a yes/no
question, but we now provide a range of options to express
sexual orientation. A sexual orientation that is being
identified more openly is “asexual,” which describes a lack
of sexual attraction and/or desire for others.
• The term “two-spirit” falls under both the gender and
sexual orientation categories. Two-spirit is a Native
American concept that has no direct mapping to western
notions of gender and sexual orientation. It refers to a
person who has both a masculine and a feminine spirit,
and is used by some First Nations people to describe
their sexual, gender, and/or spiritual identity. Thus,
from a Western perspective, two-spirit can be seen as
both a gender and a sexual orientation. In order to be as
inclusive as possible, we decided to allow members to
select two-spirit in either or both places.
• For all but the disability status questions, we are allowing
members to check more than one box to better capture
the identities they hold.
• Last, we have clarified the wording on the question
regarding disability status. Again, the purpose here
is for us to have good useable data, while being as
inclusive as possible regarding the ways in which
people define themselves.
Although the final wording of the questions will be on
the form in your licensing packet, we have also included them
in the sidebar to this article.
Thank you to everyone who provided input throughout
this revision process. Your participation is deeply appreciated
and valued. To all of you who fill out the demographic form
this licensing season, please know that your feedback will not
be collected or used at an individual level, but it will make a
tremendous difference in how we understand and serve the legal
profession in Washington as a whole.
ROBIN NUSSBAUM, PH.D., is the Inclusion and Equity
Specialist at the Washington State Bar Association.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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