Anna Brown - Director of Legal Advocacy

 
 

Anna’s fingerprints are on nearly every major reform for LGBTI people in recent years. Most recently, she played a critical role in the national campaign for marriage equality and ran the constitutional challenge to the postal plebiscite in the High Court on behalf of Australian Marriage Equality. During 2017, she also worked to ensure that young trans people can access vital hormone treatment without the cost and delay of going to court (Re Kelvin). Her work also includes strategic litigation to advance marriage equality (Cth v ACT) and recognise sex and gender diversity (Norrie’s case); securing federal LGBTI discrimination protections and ongoing work to erase historical convictions for homosexual offences across Australia.

Anna is also Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign and Co-Chair of the Justice Working Group of the Victorian Government LGBTI Taskforce. Anna was previously the Co-Convener of the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby, helping to secure the historic apology from Victoria Police for the Tasty raid, adoption equality for same-sex couples and working to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic harassment through the ground breaking ‘No to Homophobia’ campaign. Anna has also served as a board member of the National LGBTI Health Alliance and ILGA Oceania – an organisation working to advance LGBTI rights within the Oceania region.

In recognition for her contribution to the LGBTI community, Anna was named Victorian GLBTI person of the year in the inaugural GLOBE community awards in November 2014, was a finalist for the Tony Fitzgerald Community Award in the 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards, was a finalist for Victorian Australian of the Year in 2015 and won the Tim McCoy Award in 2015.

Anna’s work at the Centre also includes strategic litigation to advance protester rights and advocacy on police accountability and discrimination law reform. Anna previously worked an adviser to the former Victorian Attorney-General and Deputy Premier, the Hon Rob Hulls. She has also worked as a Senior Solicitor with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, a Senior Associate with Allens Arthur Robinson and a Federal Court associate.

 
 

Opinion

Liberal Bill paves the way for marriage equality
Star Observer August 7 2017

Same-sex apology draws a Line in the sand
The Age  May 24 2016

Tasty apology shines a light on a positive future
Gay News Network  August 6 2014

How do we draw the line on free speech?
New Matilda  April 14 2014

Righting historical wrongs: Background paper for a legislative scheme to expunge convictions for historical consensual gay sex offences in Victoria
HRLC report January 12 2014

Big picture lost in debate over anti-discrimination laws
The Drum  January 30 2013

Police are too quick to draw their tasers
The Drum  November 15 2012

Independent inquiry the only way for police killing
HRLC report  October 9 2012

A 50,000-volt electric shock is a highly dangerous weapon
The Age  March 20 2012

Upholding Our Rights: Report into police use of force
HRLC report  September 8 2012

Police deaths need an independent watchdog
New Matilda  February 19 2012

Civil rights and crossing the line
The Age  October 26 2011