Panel Event, LGBT+ Families - PrideON

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Join us for an informative and insightful panel event on the issues faced by LGBTQ+ families in 2020.

We’re running this hour long panel event to highlight the diverse issues faced by members in the LGBTQ+ community when building a family. Guest speakers will talk on issues such as surrogacy, how birth registration is geared towards the cisgender heteronormative model of the family and their own experiences of LGBTQ+ parenting.

You don’t need to prepare for this event. Just bring your enthusiasm to learn more about the challenges facing our community! Each panel member will deliver a short talk on a topic of their choosing, with a chance for questions at the end.

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.

How do I join?

Please register your interest on Eventbrite through the above link and using your GOV.UK email. Our Zoom capacity is limited to 100 participants, so if you can no longer attend, please cancel your place.

Depending on how many people sign up, you may be required to register for Zoom access codes, so please keep an eye on your inbox in advance of the event.

Any other instructions and materials needed for the event, will also be distributed to the email you register with in advance.


If you have any issues or questions about the event, please email us

If you are unable to participate vocally, please let us know and we will make sure you can still join in safely.

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Patricia Hughes

Communications Officer (Executive Committee), a:gender

Patricia works for the Ministry of Defence as a Senior Operations Manager. She is currently on loan to the Cabinet Office PPE procurement team having moved from her 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.

Hal Barraclough

a:gender Business Manager

Hal has been involved with a:gender since 2003 - the year it all started. He left his first meeting with a remit from Dee to “act as secretary until the elections”, in those days if you showed an interest you got roped in. The ropes must have been quite tight because some 17 years later he is still very much at the heart of everything a:gender stands for and the work it carries out.

Hal’s work provides him with a rare opportunity to work with people from across the Civil Service on a daily basis. No two days are the same and it certainly isn’t boring. He is a member of the South Yorkshire and Humberside Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel and the CPS National Transgender Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel. He especially enjoys providing awareness training to staff across Government.

Outside of work Hal enjoys spending time with his partner of 20 years, Michelle, their five dogs Eddie, Millie, Daisy, Pip and Agnes. He has 3 grandchildren, Toby 7, Myla, 3 and Oscar 8 months.

Liam Davis

Research Assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales

Liam is currently a Research Assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales.

His main legal interests lie within the intersections between family/medical/fertility law and gender, particularly birth registration and “modern” families (that is, any family departing from the “traditional” cis, heterosexual, fertile, nuclear ideal). To date, Liam has focused on families formed through surrogacy and families with trans parents, and how these two family types can dismantle the traditional hegemony.

Liam will be starting a PhD in September at Bristol Law School, researching modern families and birth registration.

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.