The numbers of staff who have changed or need to change permanently their perceived gender, or who identify as intersex in individual departments are relatively small and some LGB networks in the Civil Service are unable to support transsexual transgender staff who identify as hetrosexual, the issue being one of gender identity and not sexual orientation. This can reinforce feelings of isolation and exclusion.
In 2003 it was decided to form a network that embraces transsexual, transgender and intersex staff from across the whole Civil Service.
What are our priorities?
- To continue to strengthen a:gender's reputation as a respected source of advice and information that departments can draw upon and to raise a:gender's profile.
- To provide confidential and mutual support to individuals and managers in the workplace.
- To liaise between government departments & 'external' providers of support for TS/TG/Intersex people (e.g GIRES, Press for Change, Mermaids).
- To increase the knowledge and awareness of issues affecting transsexual/transgender staff, and staff who identify as intersex by delivering bespoke training events and workshops as required.
- To provide advice and information on all relevant legislation e.g Gender Recognition Act 2004 and Equality act 2010.
- To hold regular meetings and provide local contact points for staff who are transitioning, have transitioned or about to transition in the workplace.
- To provide advice and support for staff who are being harassed and discriminated against in the workplace.
Our aims and objectives are:
- To support compliance with the Public Sector Duty across the Civil Service by helping to identify discrimination against, and harassment of, transsexual people, both as employees and as service users, and to assist constructively in the reduction and where possible, elimination of these adverse impacts.
- To increase knowledge of issues affecting transsexual/transgender staff, and staff who identify as intersex.
- To work towards the eradication of individual and institutionalised transphobia.
- To provide confidential and mutual support within a safe environment for members to share experiences of working in government Departments/Agencies and associated Departments/Offices.
- To offer advice on issues relating to transsexual/transgender staff, and staff who identify as intersex, to meetings, induction projects, training, etc.
- To provide consultation to and to raise concerns with managers and staff in Government Departments/Agencies and associated Departments/Offices.