Nick chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights which he helped to launch in 2015.  The Group exists to advance LGBT rights around the world.  It provides a forum for parliamentarians and organisations across the public, private and third sectors to work together to champion LGBT rights and push back against abuse and discrimination.  It principally focuses on international LBGT rights but include domestic issues within its remit.

Nick was the first Conservative MP to be openly gay when he was elected. In David Cameron's Shadow Cabinet he led the Party's support for the new offence of inciting hatred on the ground of sexual orientation, and in 2005 he delivered a major speech to the Cato Institute in Washington DC on gay people and politics.


As Minster for Policing & Criminal Justice Nick spoke at Europride in Warsaw in 2010.  

After he left government he played a leading role in making the case for equal marriage, launching the Freedom to Marry campaign in 2012 ahead of the successful Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013

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In March 2019, as Chair of the APPG on Global LGBT Rights, Nick visited New Zealand to meet with the New Zealand Parliament’s LGBT group, which is led by Louisa Wall MP. At the British High Commission in Wellington, Nick recorded a podcast with Louisa to discuss their experiences of being openly LGBT elected politicians.