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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
May 25, 2017
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today applauds the swift, bipartisan passage of House Resolution 531, a strong condemnation of the detention, torture, and murders of gay and bisexual men in...
May 24, 2017
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today applauds the introduction of a new resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives condemning the continuing persecution of gay and bisexual men in...
May 17, 2017
Washington, D.C. - In honor of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOT), Human Rights First today celebrates the work of human rights activists around the world...
May 12, 2017
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today condemned the Russian government’s claim that it has concluded its investigation of human rights abuses in Chechnya and found no evidence...