CSRA and a:gender recently met to agree how we can improve the support we provide to staff who identify as being trans, and how we can work more effectively together as organisations.

CSRA and a:gender recently met to agree how we can improve the support we provide to staff who identify as being trans, and how we can work more effectively together as organisations.

Historically, CSRA has focussed on supporting staff who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or any other minority sexual orientation whilst a:gender has focussed on supporting staff who have undergone, or who are planning on undergoing, gender reassignment, or those who identify as intersex. This separation has led to some civil servants telling us that they feel they fit in between the two organisations and don’t always get the support they need.
In our meeting, we explored a variety of options to address this and we agreed the following:

  • That there is benefit in CSRA continuing to be the civil service experts on sexual orientation diversity and a:gender continuing to be the civil service experts on gender dysphoria
  • Our two organisations need to work together on trans inclusivity on an ongoing basis so we have created a new ‘Trans-inclusivity working group’ that will meet every 1-2 months
  • We will develop a joint programme of LGBT events that will include both a work themed discussion or seminar, and, a social element
  • We need to make it easier for civil servants to get support from each organisation so we have created a common website landing page for civil servants seeking information about LGBT issues – www.civilservice.lgbt
  • We will also signpost each other’s organisation on our existing websites
  • CSRA will invite a member of the a:gender steering group to our board meeting
  • We will provide regular updates to our members about this important work

Since the meeting, the a:gender annual general meeting also confirmed that a:gender will now be accepting member requests from those civil servants who identify as being transgender. This means that individuals who identify as T can choose to be members of a:gender, CSRA or both.


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  • Helen Dale - 27th May 2016, 7:22 pm

    sounds like very good news

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