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Shawn M. Gaylord

Advocacy Counsel

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

Blog | September 30, 2015
Resource | July 09, 2015
March 16, 2016
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today urged U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt to raise concerns with his Ukrainian counterparts over the possible cancellation of the...
March 09, 2016
Washington, D.C. -  Human Rights First today urged Congress to support the passage of the Global Respect Act, a bill that would direct the State Department to report gross violations...
February 29, 2016
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Russians have to depart the country to achieve their dreams. Leaving homes, jobs, friends, and family members behind simply to be who they...
January 29, 2016
Jamaica's Offences Against the Person Act of 1864, also known as the sodomy law, criminalizes all forms of intimacy between men, even in private. Although the law is rarely enforced, it provides...