Joyce Arnold

For my first few years at the bar I was single, and so couldn’t come out simply by mentioning a girlfriend. Other opportunities to mention my queerness rarely came up. I never thought being queer would be a problem – I had run into my future pupil supervisor at LGBTQ+ commercial bar drinks before even starting in chambers – but it sometimes felt irrelevant in a way that made me feel a little invisible. I’m very grateful that working with FreeBar has given me a space where my queer and professional identities are equally relevant, and has also been an easy way to be out. So now, when I mention my girlfriend in chambers, it’s not coming out, but simply friendly chat – which feels wonderful and normal at the same time.