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.
What we do
Education and awareness
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.
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 Picard, Consultant 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.
- 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.
- June 2023BWide—History of Pride
BWProud presented on the history of Pride and ways employees can support the LGBTQ+ community.
- June 2023Pride trivia to support SMYAL
BWProud hosted trivia for SMYAL, an organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth in the DMV.