Last year was a very busy year for the network. Here's a snapshot of our activity.
Out@PSA made a submission to the parliamentary select committee on proposed amendments to the State Sector Act. Maddy Drew, Gene Saunders, Kirsten Windelov, and Art Daniel spoke to the submission at Parliament in support of workers’ rights.
The PSA and Out@PSA made a submission to the parliamentary select committee on the Marriage Equality Act, which was consequently passed into law. Brenda Pilot, Nick Kelly and Art Daniel spoke to the submission at Parliament. The PSA was praised by the Select Committee Chairperson, the Hon Ruth Dyson, for an excellent submission.
Out@PSA wrote a proposal to the PSA at large to expand recognition of gender identities. It was accepted by the Secretariat and the PSA is in the process of implementing the proposal by expanding gender choices on PSA forms and record keeping to include the option of X(indeterminate, intersex, unspecified) in addition to M(male) and F(female).
Out@PSA hosted stalls at Wellington’s Out in the Square and Auckland’s Big Gay Out.
Out@PSA in conjunction with Victoria University completed the last phase of its research into the working life of rainbow folk in the PSA’s five sectors. The methodology utilised in depth interviews. The data will now be analysed and published.
An impressive new Out@PSA committee was selected in 2014 bringing broad representation to the network’s leadership. The diversity represented includes a variety of sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, ethnicity, geographical location, and all PSA sectors.
Out@PSA supported the Get Out and Vote Campaign.
Out@PSA Committee member, Merv Taueki-Ransom, was selected to represent Out@PSA on a Standards New Zealand committee tasked with developing a new standard for organisations to measure their commitment to gender identity and sexual orientation diversity in the workplace. Out@PSA Organiser, Art Daniel, was selected to represent the Council of Trade Union’s Out@Work Committee.
Sub committees have been formed to explore Louisa Wall’s amendment to the Human Rights Act to include gender identity and to explore an Out@PSA entry in the 2015 Pride Parade in Auckland.
The PSA’s communication team developed an impressive new Out@PSA banner for use at public events.
The CTU’s Out@Work network has developed and launched a new training resource entitled, Gender and Sexual Diversity at Work – A Resource for Organisers and Delegates. Out@PSA and PSA at large have been very supportive of this new resource and also had a hand in its development. The resource will be utilised as part of the personalised strand in PSA’s Transforming the Workplace programme. Out@PSA sent 12 network members to the first Training for Trainers seminar in August 2014 and are now in the process of offering that training to other PSA members, workplace colleagues, and community groups.