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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

February 05, 2015
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today welcomed the announcement that Secretary of State John Kerry will appoint a special envoy in the State Department focused on promoting the human...
January 29, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomes the re-introduction of The International Human Rights Defense Act, a bill to direct the Department of State to establish a Special...
January 26, 2015
Today, we are pleased to launch a new monthly feature titled “Voices for Equality.” Each month, we will highlight the crucial contributions of human rights defenders to the global human rights...