BProud is our well-established LGBT+ network, which welcomes both LGBT+ members and allies. The network promotes a culture where everyone is able to be open about their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Key projects delivered by the network:

  • Sponsoring and attending Bristol and Edinburgh Pride: Since 2016 the firm has been a key sponsor of Bristol Pride and in recent years we have become sponsors of Edinburgh Pride. Every year, members march in the parade and manage a community fair stall.
  • LGBT+ Awareness: BProud raises awareness of key topics within the LGBT+ community. These include LGBT+ History Month, National Coming Out Day and IDAHOBIT.
  • Supporting Brigstowe: BProud has developed a strong relationship with local HIV charity, Brigstowe. This includes destigmatising HIV/AIDs, raising awareness of the charity and actively fundraising in the local community.

What our people say...

The firm’s LBGT+ group is important because we want our people to feel that they can be their true and authentic self at work and that they don’t have to hide their sexuality or sexual identity. We know that those who feel able to live openly and without hiding who they are can reach their full potential. That is not only important for the individuals, but also for the firm, because successful and fulfilled people are at the heart of what makes Burges Salmon a great place work.
Richard Handel, Partner and co-chair of BProud
BProud has always strived to provide representation and a voice for our LGBTQIA+ people, whether through drafting articles that tie in with important milestones (such as National Coming Out Day) or by hosting firm wide events to raise awareness of issues affecting our community.  Our LGBTQIA+ History walk around Bristol was a particular highlight!  We have also been able to make real change to working practices throughout the firm, including the adoption of gender-neutral wording within our policies and letter-drafting guidelines, and continue to work with external groups and networks to ensure that we remain as supportive and inclusive to all.
Richard Schollick, Digital Learning Specialist and BProud member
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