Lee Carnie

Demanding equality is never easy - but it's always worth the fight.

Lee Carnie

Director of Legal Advocacy

About Me

Lee is the Director of Legal Advocacy at Equality Australia. They are passionate about protecting the human rights of LGBTIQ+ people and fighting for equality through the courts, in parliament and on the streets. Lee has worked on strategic litigation, campaigns and advocacy for a range of equality law reforms across Australia, including the M106 High Court challenge to the marriage equality postal plebiscite, federal anti-discrimination protections, adoption equality, state apologies and expungement of historical gay sex convictions, birth certificate reforms and legal recognition, medical treatment and the Re Kelvin test case on access to hormone treatment for transgender young people.

Lee has previous experience in frontline advocacy, court representation and community education for people experiencing disadvantage, with a particular focus on youth homelessness, family violence, victims of crime, criminal law and poverty law. Lee has worked and volunteered for a range of community organisations, including Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Youthlaw, the North Melbourne Legal Service, Hume Riverina Community Legal Service, Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby, Federation of Community Legal Centres, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, PILCH Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic, Empowering Women of Nepal, Fitzroy Legal Service and Fitzroy Learning Network.

Lee was awarded the Thorne Harbour Health Grieg Friday Young Leader award in 2018. Lee previously worked in the LGBTI Rights Unit of the Human Rights Law Centre, which was nominated for the Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award in 2018, and received the VAC President’s Award in 2017 and the ACON Community Organisation Award and Globe Protecting the Community Award in 2018.

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