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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 

  • 5 men and one woman stand together, smiling. The screen behind them reads: "Celebrating Pride and Allyship: Globally and Locally."

    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. During Pride Month, we held educational programming, including the "History of Pride" and "Celebrating Pride & Allyship: globally and locally."

  • A group of men and women standing together and smiling at the camera. A bookshelf is behind them. Some of the people are holding books; others are holding a sign labeled "smyal."

    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 7 people (5 women, 2 men) stand together, smiling. Several of them are holding rainbow-colored Pride 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


  • June 2024Celebrating Pride and Allyship

    BWProud hosted a presentation on worldwide and local Pride celebrations, how to be a good ally, and more.

    Three men stand together smiling at the camera. A tray of cupcakes is behind them, as well as a large screen reading: "Celebrating Pride and Allyship."
  • May 2024Supporting the LGBTQ+ community

    Colleagues volunteered in SMYAL's youth center lending library.

    A young smiling woman stands next to a large pile of books. She is holding book labels in one hand and a book titled "We Are Totally Normal" in the other.
  • 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.
  • June 2024Pride trivia to support SMYAL

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

    A group of young men and women smiling and standing together. They all are holding rainbow-colored pride flags, and behind them, a screen reads: "Pride Month Trivia."

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