In the early 2010s, it wasn’t an uncommon occurrence for people to show up at Fauver Law Office in Louisville, Kentucky and admit that they had driven across the entire state just to meet with and hire Shannon Fauver, an attorney who has been practicing law for 13 years. They drove so far, they would explain, because they were turned away by other attorneys, who refused to represent them because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“I do the best to represent anyone who wants to hire me,” Shannon said. “I represent people no matter their political bent, and even if I don’t agree with their political views. If you pay me, I do my job. That’s how business works. It’s just bad business to discriminate.”