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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
June 29, 2016
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today expressed support for the creation of the position of U.N. Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) and for the renewal of...
June 29, 2016
Dear Ambassador Harper: I am writing to express Human Rights First’s support as you work to reaffirm human rights on two upcoming votes at the U.N. Human Rights Council. I want to first underscore...
June 24, 2016
Washington, D.C. - In advance of tomorrow’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Pride march in El Salvador, Human Rights First today expressed its support for LGBT...
June 13, 2016
"I stand with the rainbow flag. I know that many of you belong to this group. I ask that you not be afraid to claim your human rights." -Olena Shevchenko, LGBT NGO Insight  ...