Panel Discussion: Intersectionality and LGBT+ - PrideON

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Intersectionality is a theoretical framework for understanding how aspects of one’s social and political identities (e.g., gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, etc.) might combine to create unique modes of discrimination.

Through Q&As and interactive conversations, you will have the opportunity to share your own experience, ask questions and listen to the panellists on a wide range of topics concerning intersectionality and LGBT+ communities.

These sessions are open to everyone and will be facilitated inclusively.

Full list of speakers to be confirmed. Dates and time may change, if they do, we will notify you through Eventbrite.

On the panel we have:

Mark Cartwright, Chair, MOD DE&S Pride Network

Mark joined Defence Equipment & Support in 2014, having previously worked in other government departments and in the not-for-profit sector in several learning and development roles.

As well as being the Chair of DE&S Pride Network, Mark is a Capability Manager. Mark is a gay man out to family, friends and work colleagues. As Chair of the network, Mark strives to find every opportunity to raise the visibility of the network, working hard to raise awareness of some of the challenges that LGBT people face in the workplace.

Mark wants the network to make a positive impact for all, so that individuals from the LGBT community can be comfortable to be themselves, and everyone can feel confident to call out inappropriate behaviour and attitudes when it arises.

Edward He, Vice Chair, Civil Service LGBT+ Network

Edward joined the Civil Service in 2019 as a Chartered Engineer, having previously worked in higher education, R&D and in the heavy industry, including the steelworks, oil & gas and aviation sectors.

Grew up in a traditional Chinese family, he has had first hand experiences on some of the challenges and barriers facing LGBT+ individuals from different cultural and ethnical background.

Over the years, Edward has also worked with various LGBT+ staff networks and organisations. He currently serves as a Vice Chair for the Civil service LGBT+ Network, as well as a Trustee for a cancer support charity in Wales.

Patricia Hughes, Communications Officer (Executive Committee), a:gender

Patricia works for the Ministry of Defence as a Senior Operations Manager. She currently works on a project that is delivering a £5bn contract for tracked vehicles. Patricia has been in the Civil Service for 5 years, prior to this working as an operations manager in Cyprus and the Gulf.

Patricia is a role model for the MOD, as an openly trans woman, featuring in external recruitment publications, as well as in-house initiatives. Patricia sits on the a:gender executive committee as the Communications Officer. Her profile page on the external careers website can be visited on the link provided below.

Patricia was nominated as an inspirational woman in defence and has also featured in a government publication alongside 2 former prime ministers celebrating 100 wonder women in government service. Patricia is currently participating in the cross government Positive Action Pathway, aimed at helping develop civil servants with protected characteristics enhance their career. Patricia is the reverse mentor for the MOD Permanent Under Secretary, Stephen Lovegrove. Patricia sits as a magistrate on the Mid Wales Bench and is equally proud and open as a member of the judiciary. In her spare time Patricia likes to walk on and cave within the mountains in South Wales where she lives.

Akira Jeffers, Deputy Chair, Spectrum (The Home Office’s LGBT+ Network)

EUSS caseworker in Liverpool, working in the civil service for over 3 years. Deputy chair of Spectrum the home office LGBT+ network, previously the bi female rep. A black woman of Caribbean descent and identifies as pansexual.

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Civil Service LGBT+ Network’s Statement of Impartiality

We would like to make Civil Servants who choose to attend PrideON aware that there will be guest speakers for several events – including podcasts, panel discussions, roundtables, and Q&A’s. Please be mindful that these will include discussions of the speaker’s own experiences, ideas and opinions.

We have both internal and external guest speakers for PrideON. Internally, we will have LGBT speakers from different departments as well as representatives from LGBT Networks and the Government Equalities Office responsible for LGBT Policy. External speakers include LGBT activists, including representatives from LGBT charities and organisations. You may be aware of their interests and perspectives already as some are in the public eye.

We want to make it clear that the views discussed in these events are those of the guest speakers. Therefore, they are not the views of the Civil Service nor the Government. Likewise, these are not the views of the Civil Service LGBT+ Network.