Research project update

Our study aims to explore the work experiences of gay, lesbian, intersex, transgender, takataapui, fa'afafine or bisexual (GLITTFAB) employees in the state and publicly funded sectors.

The aim is to foster equal opportunities and inclusive workplaces. We have already carried out Phase 1 focus group research. The Phase 2 interviews explore workplace experiences of participants’ working lives in depth.

There is very little recent academic or other New Zealand research that addresses GLITTFAB issues in the workplace. This project is a collaboration between PSA and Victoria University Industrial Relations Centre, and uses a participatory model. A PSA steering committee is part of the research team, along with Dr Deborah Jones from Victoria (Principal researcher). Dionne Steven is presently conducting interviews on their behalf. The team is mostly made up of members of Out@PSA.

The aim of the interviews is to share and discuss the positives and difficulties of workplace experiences; considering how they have changed and what still needs to change; and exploring the roles of PSA, managers, HR practitioners, and colleagues in creating positive change. Where practically possible participants have been chosen to reflect a range of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, type of workplace, ethnicity, region and sector across the interviews.

The project has a strong practitioner focus, emphasising options for positive change, and addressing the role of human resources practitioners and union organisers. We also think GLITTFAB storIes are historically important, and participants have the option of agreeing to have their interview files stored in the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ) Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa after the project is completed. These are owned by a Trust and housed in the Alexander Turnbull Library of the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington.