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BWProud represents the interests and needs of LGBTQ+ employees, allies, and supporters by sponsoring educational programming, organizing community service programs, and serving as a resource for support and mentoring.


What we do 

  • Three smiling women standing arm-and-arm together, in front of a screen featuring the title "The history of Pride and how you can support the LGBTQ+ community."

    Education and awareness

    Members of the BWProud network plan educational events to raise awareness of issues that uniquely impact members of the LGBTQ+ community both in and out of the workplace. For example, in conjunction with Pride Month, we held an educational program on the History of Pride.

  • Community involvement

    Community involvement

    BWProud organizes fundraisers through the firm’s Community Connection program to support organizations and programs that empower LGBTQ+ youth, both in DC and nationwide. We have supported the Trevor Project, which provides 24/7 crisis support services to LGBTQ+ young people across the country, and SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), which supports LGBTQ+ youth in the DC metro area.

  • A group of seven people (both men and women) standing and smiling/looking at the camera, holding rainbow flags.

    Networking and support

    Allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community come together to network and discuss relevant issues. The network hosted a “confections and conversations” event where participants discussed code-switching and the intersection of identities while enjoying baked goods from Three Fifty, a local LGBT-owned bakery.

Voices of BWProud

  • We recognize and appreciate everyone’s unique perspectives and backgrounds

    "BWProud is one of the many examples of the firm’s commitment to equality and fairness. I appreciate that Bates White actively celebrates our LGBTQ+ community and am honored to work with open-minded and inclusive colleagues."

    Taylor Duncan, Manager

  • We support colleagues by understanding the specific challenges they face

    "The firm has been incredibly supportive of the LGBTQ+ community by organizing educational programs, facilitating informal conversations on relevant topics, and celebrating our community. Seeing so many colleagues at all levels participate in these programs has been truly heartwarming."

    Gabrielle PicardConsultant II

  • We strive to provide an environment where everyone belongs

    "Bates White is committed to an environment in which all employees feel not only included but that they belong. A sense of belonging requires that each person feels supported in being themself. As a firm leader and advisor to BWProud, I’m thrilled to be able to support our queer community."

    Scott Weishaar, Managing Partner

Recent BWProud events

  • November 2023BWProud hosts Snack & Chat

    The discussion focused on the principles of intersectionality—defined as overlapping identities and experiences.

    A smiling woman holds various linked rings representing a Venn Diagram.
  • October 2023Prof. Sansone shares economic research on LGBTQ+ issues

    On National Coming Out Day, BWProud hosted a special presentation from Dr. Dario Sansone of the University of Exeter.

    A rainbow-colored slide, titled "Economic Research on LGBTQ+ issues," and on the right, a headshot of Professor Dario Sansone.
  • June 2023BWide—History of Pride

    BWProud presented on the history of Pride and ways employees can support the LGBTQ+ community.

    3 female attendees smiling together at the event.
  • June 2023Pride trivia to support SMYAL

    BWProud hosted trivia for SMYAL, an organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth in the DMV.

    colorful SMYAL logo

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