Queen Street Pride (QSP)

Queen Street Pride or QSP is our inclusive LGBT+ network for lawyers and staff within the firm who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer ("LGBT+") as well as their allies and supporters.

The network exists to empower and support our LGBT+ members to perform to their fullest potential, encourage active allyship and promote education and awareness around all things LGBT+.

More about QSP

The network contributes to developing a stronger, more inclusive culture at Bates Wells, by creating a sense of belonging for all.

Through educating and raising awareness, QSP also fosters advocacy and allyship across the firm. Our straight allies are as much a part of the network as those who identify as LGBT+: we all play a role in promoting inclusivity and LGBT+ equality.

QSP collaborates closely with all our DIF groups, particularly our Gender Equality group, to help grow and develop an understanding of intersectionality across the firm. QSP also works with our HR team, acting as a forum and advisory body, to create inclusion-focused policies and guidance to help remove barriers. Most recently the network contributed to the firm’s Gender-Neutral Language guidance and both our Transgender Inclusion Policy and accompanying Transitioning Guidance. We are working hard to make all our processes and policies inclusive regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and to dismantle discriminatory barriers where we find them.

At Bates Wells we’re deeply proud of our culture, and we have a strong reputation as an inclusive and welcoming workplace for everyone, including those who identify as LGBT+. We want to be an employer of choice for those from the LGBT+ community.

Our impact

Some of the recent activities of the network include:

  • Contributing to the firm’s Gender-Neutral Language guidance
  • Contributing to our Transgender Inclusion Policy and accompanying Transitioning Guidance
  • Organising guest speakers to come and address the network and wider firm on LGBT+ and non-LGBT+ issues
  • Hosting a Pride events for clients and staff
  • Hosting an event for Trans Visibility Day
  • Organising regular social events for the network
  • Marking and celebrating LGBT+ History Month, most recently with a trip to the LGBTQ+ Archives at the Bishopsgate Institute.
Meet Tim, our Partner and LGBT+ Ambassador
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