Civil servants to recreate Round Table at Pride

Sophie Picheta June 20, 2008
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This summer, the Civil Service Rainbow Alliance (CSRA) is making its third appearance at London Pride.

Following this year’s ‘Myths and Fairytales’ theme, the CSRA will be dressing up as various knights of the Round Table.

The group wants to encourage people from across the Civil Service to join in with the festivities, including medieval dancing rehearsals, pre- and post-Pride functions, and walking groups to accompany the CSRA float during the parade.

William Fordham of the CSRA told

“With the right numbers, we’re planning to organise some choreography before the event, based on a “King of the Fairies” medieval dance.”

The CSRA is an informal alliance of all departmental LGBT networks and groups within the Civil Service.

They support diversity in the Civil Service, and recently set up a full executive board of network members from almost all Government departments.

Later in the year there will be a cross-Government CSRA conference, and working with the Government’s plans to relaunch a new Diversity strategy for the Civil Service.

“The new Diversity strategy that the Civil Service is launching is intended to look at the Civil Service’s commitment to diversity, as laid out in the Civil Service 10 point diversity plan,” said Mr Fordham.

“The 10 point plan seeks to actively improve services provided to the public through developing a diverse Civil Service at all working levels, as well as pointing to broader change that could be achieved across management and leadership practices across all forms of business.”

Pride London is on July 5th.

CRSA’s website is under construction.

CSRA is the cross-departmental network group that represents and supports lesbian, gay and bisexual staff in the Civil Service.

CSRA works in collaboration with a:gender, the corporate staff network for staff who have changed or need to change permanently their perceived gender, or who identify as intersex.

Together we seek to support transsexual, transgender and intersex staff.

Who is in CSRA?
CSRA is made up of representatives from Government Departments and their agencies, LGB & T network groups.
All LGB & T members of staff within the Civil Service are able to become members of CSRA.
In addition CSRA welcomes non LGB & T colleagues as associate members.

Who attends CSRA meetings?
CSRA meetings are usually attended by the co-ordinators of departmental network groups. If they are unable to attend then network co-ordinators are encouraged to send another member of their departmental network.

What is the CSRA Executive?
The CSRA Executive comprises eight members who work to ensure progress CSRA’s objectives between plenary meetings of CSRA. The roles on the Executive cover three key areas: policy, administration and the four strands of LGB & T.

When do CSRA meetings take place?
There are typically between 4 and 6 CSRA meetings each year. Details of the dates of forthcoming meetings can be found by clicking here.
The CSRA Executive meets on a monthly basis during the first working week of each calendar month.

What are the aims and objectives of CSRA?
CSRA’s has two overall aims. Firstly CSRA has a pastoral role to support LGB & T staff in the workplace and support departmental network groups. Secondly CSRA has an advocacy role to represent and articulate the views of LGB & T staff to the rest of the Civil Service.

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