The Civil Service has published “Don’t ask, don’t tell”, a report into the experiences of LGB&T staff in the Civil Service.

The Civil Service has published “Don’t ask, don’t tell”, a report into the experiences of LGB&T staff in the Civil Service. The report was commissioned by the Civil Service Talent Action Plan: Removing the barriers to success  which called for further independent reports to examine the barriers faced by those:

  • who declare disabilities
  • are from a minority-ethnic background
  • are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGB&T)

Written by Ben Summerskill, former Chief Executive of LGB&T charity Stonewall UK, the report looks at the experiences of LGB&T staff working in the Civil Service in the last 30 years and finds that:

  • there have been evident Civil Service successes in the areas of sexual orientation and gender reassignment in recent years but that the Civil Service is being overtaken by other employers
  • too many LGB* & T civil servants feel overlooked and unable to unlock their full potential at work
  • some LGB* & T civil servants encounter direct discrimination in the workplace

Ben Summerskill makes a series of recommendations for the Civil Service in the report and the Civil Service has adopted many of these in their refreshed Talent Action Plan.

CSRA will be working hard to ensure that the Civil Service delivers on all the recommendations in the report including by holding senior officials to account in the Civil Service LGB & T steering group.


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