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  • Writer's pictureTommy Sangchompuphen

How Pride Month Can Shape Exam Questions

Pride Month is an annual celebration that takes place in June to honor the LGBTQ+ community and commemorate the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, which were a pivotal event in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. The month-long observance is marked by parades, festivals, and various events aimed at promoting awareness, equality, and acceptance of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Pride Month serves as a reminder of the progress made in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights while also highlighting the ongoing challenges and discrimination faced by the community. It is a time to celebrate diversity, promote inclusion, and advocate for equal rights and protections under the law.

Pride Month could be tested on the bar exam in several contexts, particularly through issues related to constitutional law, anti-discrimination laws, and family law.

Here are some potential ways Pride Month themes could be integrated into bar exam questions: 

Constitutional Law:

  • Equal Protection Clause: Consider a scenario where a state law provides different benefits to married couples based on whether the marriage is heterosexual or homosexual, testing the application of the Equal Protection Clause.

  • Employment Discrimination: Explore a scenario involving a public employer who enforces a dress code that discriminates against transgender employees, examining implications of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County, which held that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited under Title VII.

  • First Amendment Issues: Analyze a case where a public school teacher is reprimanded for refusing to use a transgender student's preferred pronouns, bringing up First Amendment rights versus school policies on discrimination and harassment.

Family Law


  • Adoption and Parental Rights: Examine a case where a transgender individual faces challenges in asserting parental rights after gender transition, focusing on state laws and potentially applicable constitutional principles.

  • Marriage Equality: Scenario involving a state's refusal to amend the sex designation on a marriage certificate for a transgender individual post-transition, testing knowledge of constitutional and family law precedents like Obergefell v. Hodges.


  • Defamation and Privacy: A scenario might involve a person who is publicly outed as transgender against their will, leading to a case of defamation or invasion of privacy, examining the elements of each tort in the context of privacy rights and public interest.

Criminal Law and Procedure

  • Hate Crimes: Consider a scenario where an individual is assaulted in a crime that is motivated by the victim's gender identity, focusing on how hate crime enhancements might apply and the required proofs for such enhancements under state or federal law.

As you prepare for the bar exam, consider how the principles celebrated during Pride Month—such as equal protection, anti-discrimination, and privacy rights—are integrated into constitutional, family, tort, and criminal law scenarios, highlighting the legal system's role in advancing societal equality.


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