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BWProud represents LGBTQ+ employees, allies, and supporters with education, community service, and resources.


What we do 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • January 2023BWProud Network launches!

    The firm celebrates the launch of BWProud Network, Bates White’s newest DEI&B network for LGBTQ+ employees and allies.

    BWProud Network launches!
  • 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

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