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My Pride Story
Washington, DC Law Clerk Evan Shaver shares his Pride story

June 2021: White & Case celebrates Pride Month in recognition of the impact LGBT+ people have had in the world. To mark these celebrations, Evan Shaver, a law clerk in our Washington, DC office, shares his thoughts on being part of this community.

What does it mean to you to be part of the LGBT+ community?

To me, being Queer means fearlessly being myself at all times. It also means being a part of a wider, diverse community that embraces people of different backgrounds, identities and experiences. Being Queer also means using my privilege to uplift fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community.

What does it mean to be your whole, authentic self at work?

Being my whole, authentic self at work means bringing my unique experiences and perspectives to the Firm every day. It means not policing my gender expression for fear of being perceived as "too Queer." Being my whole, authentic self at work also supports constructive conversations with colleagues on how they can better support the Queer and transgender people in their lives.

What does the Firm do to foster a stronger sense of belonging for all?

The Firm's efforts to foster a sense of belonging for all span many areas, from recruiting to pro bono initiatives to strategic objectives. In my opinion, however, the most impactful aspect of these efforts is the educational programming it provides. The Firm regularly hosts events that provide judgment-free opportunities for everyone to learn about experiences beyond their own.

How does your experience as an LGBT+ person positively impact your work and your career?

Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community means growing up in a world not designed with you in mind. In navigating that world, LGBTQ+ people necessarily have to be creative. I bring that creativity and perspective to every team I am on at the Firm.

Why is being part of the Spectrum Network important to you?

Being part of the Spectrum Network allows me to get together with people of similar experiences and to give back to the LGBTQ+ community by making the Firm an even more welcoming place for all.

What's your advice for the next generation of LGBT+ lawyers?

My advice for the next generation is twofold. First, don't repress who you are because you think it's required to advance in your career. It isn't. Your difference is your strength. Wield it with pride. Second, make everywhere you work an easier place to be LGBTQ+. You made it! Now it's time to help others do the same.

With most Pride events still being virtual this year, how do you plan to celebrate?

I plan to celebrate this year's Pride with my fiancé, Erik, eating some great local DC takeout with some of his famous, homemade limoncello, and a marathon of RuPaul's Drag Race.