Our LGBT+ and Allies Network
PROUD, our LGBT+ and allies network, is an internal resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees/partners and their allies.
It aims to empower LGBT+ colleagues to lead the discussion on creating inclusive environments in which everyone can thrive through raising awareness of social issues affecting our LGBT+ employees. The group is open to anyone at the firm who wants to further LGBT+ inclusion – whether they are LGBT+, or an ally. The PROUD Network also participates in LeGaL BesT, a cross-sector network of law firms committed to furthering LGBT+ Inclusion.
Being an effective LGBT+ Ally
Our PROUD Network has taken steps to empower our people to step up as allies to their LGBT+ colleagues, through sharing practical guidance and hosting a series of events that raise awareness of issues affecting LGBT+ people in the workplace.
This has included a panel event featuring LGBT+ and ally Partners from within our firm, community leaders and client representatives. A guidance document highlighting practical tips was also shared with everyone at the firm, along with factsheets to mark Bi Visibility Day and Trans Day of Visibility.
The theme of effective allyship continued into our Pride Month celebrations, when we heard from former RAF pilot, Ayla Holdom who shared her inspirational story of transitioning in the armed forces, as well as steps we can all take to be a better ally to trans colleagues.
Meet the PROUD Network
|“Having open conversations about difference helps build an inclusive environment where everyone can be their true selves. Our PROUD Network are achieving this by profiling LGBT+ issues and encouraging colleagues from across our firm to show their support as allies.”
Barry Hembling, Partner Sponsor, PROUD Network
|“Having an LGBT+ programme via the PROUD Network at WFW is meaningful to me on a profound level, it truly shows that the firm is behind it’s LGBT+ staff. Feeling welcome to be out at work is something I don’t take for granted, and I’m really grateful to be so supported at the firm – all the way from the top.”
Meryl Rowlands, Business Development Manager
|“PROUD is a very important part of my job at WFW. Working with PROUD to improve the inclusivity of LGBT+ people at work is both challenging and fulfilling. I’ve particularly enjoyed organising events on important dates in the LGBT+ calendar, including Pride and LGBT History Month.”
Maximilian O’Driscoll, Associate