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.