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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
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...
January 12, 2016
At the end of 2015 I had a chance to meet with several LGBT activists from Tajikistan. Most Americans know little about this Central Asian nation, which is situated between China and Afghanistan...
December 23, 2015
Like many other lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities around the world, Pakistani LGBT people face ongoing violence and discrimination. Yet for transgender women specifically,...
December 17, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today released a new report outlining the challenges to equality faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the Dominican Republic, and...