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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

September 25, 2014
Washington, D.C.  – Human Rights First today welcomed news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has introduced a new anti-discrimination clause into its host city contract, but noted...
September 23, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today expressed alarm over a provision to criminalize homosexuality that is being considered for adoption as part of a new penal code in Chad. Article 361 of the...
September 09, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today said that the passage of a discriminatory bill by Gambia’s National Assembly represents an alarming trend threatening the human rights of lesbian, gay,...