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The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.


Cathryn Oakley

Senior Legislative Counsel, State & Municipal Advocacy

Cathryn Oakley is Senior Legislative Counsel, State and Municipal Advocacy at the Human Rights Campaign. She is responsible for assisting local legislators and advocates to enact laws that further LGBTQ equality. She is also responsible for developing, conducting, and publishing the Municipal Equality Index, a nationwide evaluation of municipal laws affecting the LGBTQ community.

Cathryn earned her law degree from the George Mason University School of Law and is a member of the Virginia Bar. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Smith College, where she was a Research Fellow at the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute.  Prior to working at the Human Rights Campaign, Cathryn practiced family law at a small firm in Northern Virginia.

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