LGBTI Subcommittee

About the Subcommittee

ALHR’s LGBTI Rights Subcommittee was established to champion LGBTI human rights and law reform. It is co-chaired by Nicholas Stewart and Kathryn Cramp.

Nicholas Stewart is a partner at Dowson Turco Lawyers, a boutique and prominent LGBTI law firm in Sydney. Nicholas takes carriage of complex cases involving human rights matters and currently he is acting for a group of NSW Police officers who claim homosexual discrimination, bullying and vilification while employees of the NSW Police Force. Nicholas is also the lawyer for Alan Rosendale, a gay bashing victim of the 1980s who believes his assaulters were part of an organised group of law enforcement members who engaged in systematic gay bashings during that time. Nicholas is also a Director of Rainbow Families NSW, Vice President of the New Theatre Newtown, on the LGBTI sub-committee of Unharm Australia, and a pro bono lawyer at the NSW Inner City Legal Centre. Between 2006 and 2012 Nicholas was the President of Caretakers Cottage, Bondi, and during part of this time he also worked as a policy and projects officer in the NSW Government.  In 2009 Nicholas was awarded the Elizabeth Hastings Memorial Human Rights Award and the UTS:LAW Alumni Association Prize at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Kathryn Cramp is a Queensland Solicitor who has worked as an adviser in the Senate, for the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service, as the President of the University of Queensland Union, as the Vice President of Gender and Sexuality for the University of Queensland Union, and in migration law. She was involved in Senate Inquiries into payment for the turn back of asylum seeker boats, alcohol-fuelled violence and revenge pornography. She also conducted research for the Select Committee on Unconventional Gas Mining. Kathryn has volunteered as the Queensland Women’s Coordinator for Out For Australia and hosted their annual Women’s Careers Panel and their first Trans Careers Panel. She has also volunteered for The Asylum and Refugee Law Project with the TC Beirne School of Law, the LGBTI Legal Service in Queensland, the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service, and Caxton Legal Service.

Become a member of the LGBTI Subcommittee

The National LGBTI Subcommittee is comprised of ALHR members who are passionate about the promotion and protection of LGBTI human rights.  Working with Nicholas and Kathryn provides subcommittee members with a voice on law reform and advocacy in Australia through opportunities to work on ALHR submissions, events, media releases and position statements. The LGBTI subcommittees meets approximately bi-monthly via video conference.

In order to qualify for membership of an ALHR subcommittee, you must have a current ALHR membership. To renew your ALHR membership click hereIf you are interested in joining the subcommittee, please contact Nicholas and Kathryn at

Please provide them with a brief explanation of your interest in the work of the subcommittee, including any relevant skills and/or experience you have in this field.

Marriage Equality Position Statement

Download below ALHR’s Position Statement on Marriage Equality which gives a human rights analysis of the reasons Australia should adopt marriage equality and how religious freedoms should be balanced.

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