Devon Johnson

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Devon Johnson is a paralegal in the Washington, D.C. office of Lambda Legal. As a paralegal, he supports attorneys with litigation and public policy matters. Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Devon worked as a bilingual legal assistant with Ayuda in Fairfax, VA. During his time with Ayuda, he supported attorneys in providing humanitarian forms of immigration relief for low-income, Latinx clients. Throughout his time as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Devon held multiple roles with non-profit advocacy organizations, including a Community Outreach and Public Advocacy internship with the NYC Anti-Violence Project. Devon received bachelor’s degrees in sociology and public policy with highest distinction from UNC-Chapel Hill. Combining skills from both disciplines, he authored research papers such as, “Debunking Homophobia as a Fundamental Cause of Increased HIV Risk among Black MSM,” in which he applied sociological frameworks like fundamental cause theory and social determinants of health to explore racialized disparities in HIV contraction for Black men who have sex with men.

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Get to know Devon!

What brought you to Lambda Legal?

After learning about Lambda Leal in 2019 while working at the NYC Anti-Violence Project, my own lived-experience as a historically low-income, biracial member of the LGBTQ+ community motivated me to get involved with the anti-oppression legal work that I could be a part of at Lambda.

How have you seen the rights for LGBTQ+ folks advance in your lifetime? What has impacted you the most?

I was in high school when the Obergefell decision came down, which was a huge step for LGBTQ+ rights at a time when I was still in the closet. Since then, knowing that marriage equality was a crucial step toward equality rather than a final victory, I have been encouraged by my generation's efforts to widen the tent of LGBTQ+ rights. What's been most impactful has been the development of intersectional efforts such as trans inclusivity and the elevation of BIPOC voices in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality.

What’s one book you think everyone should read?

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Go for long bike rides, play beach volleyball, make charcuterie boards to share with friends, and read books in coffee shops.