The Welsh Government LGBT Network, PRISM, share their success in achieving the gold status in the recent a:gender benchmarking exercise.

Our transitioning policy has seen Welsh Government placed an impressive second place in a UK wide government exercise.

a:gender, who are committed to establishing a benchmark in this area, awarded us second place out of the 16 organisations that took part. We will also receive a ‘gold status’ certificate signed by Sue Owen, the Civil Service Diversity Champion, and crucial written feedback on our submission so that we can continually improve in this area.

a:gender was set up in 2003 as a support network for employees in government departments and agencies who have changed or need to change permanently their perceived gender, or who identify as intersex. They work with and for transgender and intersex staff from across the whole Civil Service.

Our submission for their health check included a questionnaire and provision of our transgender policy and any other supporting evidence, specifically around the protected characteristic of gender reassignment.

PRISM’s Trans Champion, Kate Rose, said: “As a trans employee of the Welsh Government, I feel supported and valued by the organisation to bring my whole self to the workplace. This truly fantastic achievement comes as a result of joined-up working by so many across our organisation.”

Thank you Team PRISM, especially Kate, for your tireless work in this area – helped, as always, by the Equality in the Workplace team, who also submitted the entry on behalf of Welsh Government.

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