Pride@Blakes is a network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) professionals at our Firm. The primary goal of Pride@Blakes is to support our LGBT professionals and to create better connections with our LGBT clients and the diverse communities in which we live and practise law.
In this regard, Blakes and our members are involved in a wide variety of organizations and initiatives, including the following:
  • Pride at Work Canada, a national umbrella organization dedicated to improving workplace inclusiveness for LGBT employees across the country
  • Out on Bay Street conference, held every fall in Toronto for LGBT students in law, business and other professional programs
  • Family Service Toronto, a key United Way agency dedicated to a range of counselling, advocacy and community development priorities, including the David Kelley Lesbian & Gay Community Counselling Program
  • Sherbourne Health Centre, a long-standing health services organization serving downtown Toronto (and particularly the LGBT community)
  • AIDS Committee of Toronto, a community-based, charitable organization that provides support, HIV prevention and education services for people living with and at risk for HIV
  • exeQutive, a forum for LGBT business leaders
  • Casey House, a specialty hospital in Toronto that provides compassionate health care to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS
  • 519 Summary Advice Clinic, a free drop-in legal advice clinic in Toronto for low-income members of the LGBTQ community
  • PrideBuild, an initiative with Habitat for Humanity in which we partnered with several LGBT clients to build a home for a family in Scarborough
  • Various diversity initiatives and educational opportunities within Blakes

In addition, LGBT partners at Blakes regularly host dinners, which include LGBT partners and associates, together with their respective spouses and partners. In addition, the group has participated together in community events and fundraisers, including the SNAP! photography event for AIDS Committee of Toronto.