About the Commission

Commission Staff & Members


Mission Statement

The Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York State Courts is dedicated to promoting equal participation and access throughout the court system by all persons regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To fulfill this mission, the Commission will protect and enhance diversity and promote the presence of the LGBTQ judicial and non-judicial personnel within the Unified Court System.


Our Efforts Include

Training and educational programs for judges, non-judicial personnel, and court partners.

Building collaborative relationships with LGBTQ advocacy organizations, bar associations, the legal profession, and community groups to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and to foster a more supportive environment.

Fostering sensitivity for and progress by LGBTQ persons in our courts.

Demonstrating a public commitment to respecting the dignity and equality for all who come through our courthouse doors.