Queer IP Attys Say It's Time To Break Down The L, G, B & T

By Dani Kass (December 7, 2021, 6:23 PM EST) -- Queer attorneys on an American Intellectual Property Law Association panel Tuesday encouraged law firms and companies to stop seeing the LGBTQ community as a monolith and take the needs of each group into account individually.

Law firms often feel uncomfortable asking individuals whether they're lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or another member of the queer community, but that discomfort is usually based on fear that people will be uncomfortable rather than reality, said Thompson Hine LLP partner Marla Butler, a lesbian who chairs the firm's diversity, equity and inclusion initiative. More specific data will likely make firms realize that their LGBTQ representation is...

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