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Shawn M. Gaylord

Advocacy Counsel, LGBT Rights

As Advocacy Counsel, Shawn Gaylord leads Human Rights First’s initiative to combat violence against LGBTI people globally.
 
Prior to joining Human Rights First, Shawn worked for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for eight years, most recently as the Director of Public Policy, focusing on legislative and policy change at the federal, state and local level to make schools safer for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Shawn previously served as the Deputy Director for the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) and as an associate at Harmon, Curran, Spielberg and Eisenberg, LLP.  In addition, Shawn has worked extensively on the intersection of LGBT rights and human rights through his work as a staff member and volunteer for Amnesty International’s OUTFront Program.  
 
Shawn received his undergraduate degree from the University of Buffalo and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Featured Work

Resource | July 09, 2015
August 06, 2015
Washington, D.C. - In honor of Jamaican Independence Day and the country’s first ever LGBT Pride celebration, Human Rights First’s Shawn Gaylord today issued the following statement: “Today...
August 03, 2015
For the small Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia, tourism is a fundamental aspect of the economy. Roughly 350,000 tourists visit its shores per year. That's why the local LGBT community hopes...
July 31, 2015
Washington, D.C. - Following the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) announcement that Kazakhstan was not selected to host the 2022 Olympic Games, Human Rights First today urged the U.S....