Be part of our campaign for LGBT History Month.

February is LGBT History Month. This year’s theme is Citizenship, PSHE and Law, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

50 years ago:

– Male homosexuality was illegal in the UK
– Same-sex marriage was banned
– A person’s sex could not be legally changed from what was assigned at birth
– Lesbians, gay men and bisexuals could not serve in the armed forces and much more.

A lot of this has changed in the last 50 years.

To mark this History Month, we’re creating a campaign featuring quotes from people working in the Civil Service now, both in the LGBT communities and allies. We’d like you to volunteer to provide a quote talking about your experience of working in a more open, diverse and inclusive Civil Service.

Email if you’re interested!


  • Tim Chapman - 31st January 2017, 9:06 am

    I was just starting school when homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales. Many of my friends, and indeed my dearest and closest friend, are LGBT so it is fantastic to work in a Civil Service where everyone is valued for the perspective and contribution they bring and not beaten and belittled for being ‘different’ as was the case when I was growing up. We are all different – get on with it! I’m proud to be an LGBT Ally.

  • Katherine Hickey - 17th February 2017, 12:41 pm

    I started work in the Civil Service in the late 80’s at the FCO when homosexuality was a bar to recruitment in that department. Many of my wonderful, dedicated and hard working colleagues could not be themselves at that time. The FCO became a much better place, better able to represent and serve the UK when difference ceased to be feared and diversity embraced. My time in the Civil Service has been enriched by my LGBT colleagues and I grateful for the help they gave me, they way they broadened my perspectives, mentored and supported me when I needed it. I was proud to be a Friend of FLAGG and am proud to be a LGBR Ally in my new department.


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