Out@psa is network for PSA members who identify as gay, lesbian, intersex, transgender, takataapui, fa'afafine or bisexual. We aim to promote respectful, diverse and inclusive workplaces and public services.

out at PSA logo webOut@PSA has an active presence in several Rainbow/Queer activities every year.  These include The Big Gay Out, Auckland Pride Parade, Wellington Pride Parade & Out in the Park.  Participants include Out@PSA network members, allied PSA members, PSA staff and supporters. 

Other initiatives and activities have included ILGA conferences, the NZ Council of Trade Unions’ Out@Work conferences, training in the Out@Work Resource for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Picnic at Parliament, Parliamentary submissions and representation on the Standards NZ committee to formulate the first government Rainbow standard in the world.

The Out@PSA leadership committee

Caleb Gordon (Out@PSA Convenor)(calebg@experiencewellington.org.nz)

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I am excited to come on board as the convenor of the Out@PSA network. Previously I have been a co-convenor of the PSA Youth Network and currently sit on the Local Government Sector Committee. I have been a member of the Out@PSA network for a number of years and have greatly valued the support and development opportunities that have been offered to me.

My hope is that during my time as convenor I can assist in growing the support capacity and opportunities available to members so more can enjoy the same development I have. I believe the networks are increasingly becoming essential forums for members to develop and be heard outside the traditional delegate structure and with the help of others plan to build Out@PSA into a stronger network for all the members we represent and to the advantage of the wider PSA. 

Allan Franks

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Te Rarawa/Ngaa Puhi
Ngaati Maniapoto

He aha te mea nui o teenei ao?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
Kia ora mai tatou.

I’ve been told I’ve been a PSA delegate for 15 years, (really doesn’t seem that long) and I’ve been Kaimahi Māori in Mental Health Services for all that time, maybe longer.

My inspirational role-models for this work has been my mother, Whaea Wikitoria, the Whaea for the ADHB for a decade, and her tuakana Whaea Kerehi well known to Tokanui Hospital. I am presently Kaiatawhai with Manawanui Hinengaro Services ADHB.

Currently I am one of two Sector Māngai for the DHB Sector Committee and sit with Te Rūnanga O Ngā Toa Āwhina. I am also the Convenor for Te Tira Hauora, the Māori component of the DHB Sector Committee. I am the Māori Enterprise Delegate for the ADHB with links with other MEDs in Area 1 i.e. Waitemata DHB and Counties Manukau DHB.

My interest in joining this committee is to support Tikanga Māori with He Takataapui on behalf of Te Rūnanga O Ngā Toa Āwhina and meet with like-minded people to make our Union more user-friendly.

Andrew McCauley

I’m currently a PSA delegate at the Ministry for the Environment in Wellington. I started working in the public service about 12 years ago. Back then, I was nervous about the idea of being out at work, and there was no way I would have considered putting my name forward for the Out@PSA committee! But as time’s gone on I’ve become more aware of how important it is to be able to embrace all of your identity, and to be part of a community that shares some of that identity and the challenges that go with it.

That’s why I want to be part of a network that helps people feel like they can bring their whole selves to work each day. I’m lucky enough to work in an organisation that is accepting of diversity, and I mostly haven’t felt like I’ve needed to hide who I am, or struggle to be accepted, in most of the workplaces I’ve found myself in. But I know that isn’t the case for many of people and I’d like to be part of changing that. That’s what made me want to be part of Out@PSA, so we can help make sure the public service is a place where everyone can feel proud about being who they are.

Catrin McHugh

I am pleased to be part of this committee to bring my experience of having to navigate my love for my woman with my colleagues and clients. On the 14th of March I married my beautiful wife. Sometimes I have to hold back out of fear for my relationship with my clients to be impacted, which might lead to the children in their care to be affected negatively due to my need to be transparent about my sexuality.

It is a constant walk on the razor’s edge….

I also speak from experience as a mother and the situations arising when I find myself justifying how my children are not suffering and are well despite their mother’s relationship choices.

In my training for Oranga Tamariki I’ve come across situations where I found homophobia was inadvertently perpetuated by a training question posed to the trainees in their induction program in a session about ethical dilemmas. I would one day like to express what upset me about that situation and put it in front of Learning and Capability Development in a constructive way. 

Coleen Smith

I feel inspired and motivated by being part of the Out@PSA team. I believe in standing together to work for social justice. As a social worker, politician, and human rights advocate Rosemary Brown said, “Unless all of us are free, none of us will be free”.

I am a mother, grandmother, partner, sister, aunty, daughter, and niece. I am also a lesbian feminist.

I come from Takaka, and currently live in Tāmaki Makaurau. I have the privilege of serving the community and environment through my mahi at the Department of Conservation.

Daniel Freeman-McGrath

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Kia ora tatou,

It has been a privilege and an honour to be on the committee over the past few years, and I want to express my appreciation for the opportunity to be involved. I have learnt so much, it has been great to be able to meet and engage with so many other likeminded people!  

I am looking forward to continue to be involved in whatever way that I can!

Naku noa, na 

Geraldine Christmas

Geraldine December 2013 webMy personal standpoint arises from my strong interest in gender and social justice issues, especially in relation to other issues such as medical ethics, informed consent and human rights. Though I do not have an intersex condition, my reading of intersex and gender variant people’s childhood experiences of gender and sex role expectations – because of their female assignment at birth – resembled some of mine. I was a “tomboy” throughout childhood and adolescence, and I would currently describe my gender as non-conforming.

In December 2013 I graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. My doctoral thesis, titled “It’s a... does it matter?” Theorising “boy or girl” binary classifications, intersexuality and medical practice in New Zealand, investigates this with a specific New Zealand focus, and can be accessed online at http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/handle/10063/2845 

I am a PSA delegate and national co-convenor at the NZ Transport Agency, and since December 2014 I’ve been a Board member of Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand). I am very passionate about the work of the PSA, and am proud to be part of the Out@PSA Committee.

Jax Doyon 

Jax webI like to think that I bring a quiet, kind and compassionate perspective to my work and will bring the same to the Out@PSA committee.  I haven't been as outwardly active in my LGBTIQ+ advocacy as I would like, having been constrained a bit by parenthood, but relish the opportunity to get a bit more hands on as part of the committee, and find my voice this year. On a more personal note, I identify as gay & genderqueer and vary between using neutral pronouns and feminine pronouns depending on the situation!  

Josie Young

I am a 30 year old gay woman, originally from Queenstown, and now based in Christchurch, where I have lived on and off for the past 12 years. I have also lived and worked in various parts of Australia (WA, QLD, NT), and in Wellington. I gained my Social Work degree at the University of Canterbury, graduating in 2015.

I currently work on one of the Acute Adult Psychiatric Wards as a Clinical Social Worker in the Specialist Mental Health Service (CDHB). Previously I have worked for Child, Youth, & Family in Youth Justice, and have also worked in Restorative Justice, and in community based youth work. I have previously been a member of the Canterbury board of the Howard League for Penal Reform.

I place high value on the role and strength of unions, having previously been a member of NUPE in 2010 and 11 (when working for CYF), and now with PSA (since beginning of 2016).

I have a strong interest in improving the nature and quality of the service that our GLBTIA service users experience within the CDHB, and particularly within Specialist Mental Health Services. When local research tells us that 1 in 5 same sex attracted youth have tried to take their own lives – a rate 5x higher than their straight peers, we as health professionals have a duty to do what we can to make the lives of these young people even just a little bit easier.

Similarly, I want to support my GLBTIA colleagues and help to mobilise them to jump on board this waka. If they are not feeling supported and comfortable within their own workplace, they may not feel in a position to make this service better for our GLBTIA service users.

Rebecca Davey

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I’m keen as mustard to continue as part of the Out@PSA committee. I have really enjoyed being involved, as a PSA member, thus far, and feel I’ve played an active role. I have been busy recruiting for PSA and our Out@PSA network at many rainbow events. I’ve used my skills as a Growth Recruiter for PSA to engage and connect with a wide audience and illustrate the value in not only PSA membership but creating awareness about our wonderful network! We want all queer people to know that Out@PSA exists and is a valuable resource to help our queer community in the workplace! I’m an outgoing gay unionist who embraces diversity and love the opportunity to give my energy to this committee.

Network Organiser: Art Daniel (art.daniel@psa.org.nz)

Network Organising Administrator: Sean O’Kane (sean.okane@psa.org.nz)

We have a network poster. You can print your own or email us with your postal address for copies.


Rainbow Wellington is a group representing the interests of, and organising social functions and activities in the greater Wellington region.

We have strong links to the Council of Trade Unions' Out@Work network. Council meetings are held quarterly in Wellington. Please email us for details if you wish to attend.

Rainbow Youth is an Auckland-based organisation that provides support, information, advocacy and education.

Since 1998, Education International has been working for the rights of its members and is now working on formulating recommendations and policies.

The gQ Network is an informal Wellington-based network government sector employees and their friends. gQ Network stands for `government Queer Network' sign up at gqnetworkwellington@gmail.com


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