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Bowditch & Dewey launches blog directed at LGBTQ issues.

Byline: Juliana Kenny

As the United States continues its a year rife with controversy and conversation around the rights of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer (LGBTQ) people -- most importantly in court cases in various states and with the Supreme Court's pending ruling on gay marriage across all 50 states -- a law firm in Massachusetts launches a blog this month focused on the legal issues of the LGBTQ community.

Bowditch & Dewey, LLP will publish content from its associates and partners based around issues for the LGBTQ community, covering legal issues involving same-sex marriage and divorce, insurance, employment discrimination, and estate and tax planning. LGBTQ issues span many spectrums of society, not those just of gay, bi, or trans people. Bowditch & Dewey sees itself as able to provide insight into the evolution of the legal issues for LGBTQ people, and the legal impact of the evolving laws based around that community's needs.

James D. Hanrahan, managing partner of Bowditch & Dewey said in the company's statement: "We are in a unique position to provide a broad view and analysis of the legal issues affecting the LGBTQ community. We help our business and nonprofit clients navigate and comply with the legal implications of these issues -- especially our higher education clients. LGBTQ issues impact our estate planning, elder law, and domestic law clients and other practice areas, including our employment practice, which has handled multiple discrimination claims against employer clients."

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The timeliness of this publication is, of course, coinciding with the fresh conversations around transsexual and transgender people in light of Caitlyn Jenner's recent publicity. But the issues have been entrenched in American politics for many years. Among the first several discussions the blog will address are Caitlin Jenner's male to female transition, and the alleged discrimination against gays by Zara, a Spanish clothing retailer.

As a civil litigation attorney and with a long-time interest in the LGBTQ issues, Jennifer L. Garner -- a Bowditch & Dewey Associate -- will be the principal contributor to the blog. She graduated from Suffolk University Law School, was co-president of the Queer Law Alliance there, and is a member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association.

Many of the issues addressed by the blog will be ones of how the law is catching up to the rights of the LGBTQ community. In a company statement, Maria Rockwell, a partner who will be contributing to the blog, said: "Even as members of the LGBTQ community become more assimilated, the law is still catching up. We hope to inform blog readers about issues such as division of assets when a same-sex marriage dissolves, or what happens when same-sex spouses seek a divorce in a state that does not recognize such unions."

There is a clear need for the voices of the legal community to summon around the evolving rights of the LGBTQ community, and Bowditch & Dewey's content hopes to be a vital contributor to those conversations.
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