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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.

Recent BWProud events

  • June 2023Pride trivia to support SMYAL

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

    colorful SMYAL logo
  • March 2023Confections and conversations

    BWProud sponsored Confections and Conversations, where colleagues discussed topics related to identity. The snack was sponsored by ThreeFifty Bakery, a local LGBTQ+ owned business.

    Group of seven young men and women sit smiling at a table holding cookies decorated with rainbow colored icing
  • 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.

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