A video message from Menna Rawlings, the Diversity and Inclusion Champion at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, for Civil Service PrideON.


Hi, I’m Menna Rawlings, I’m the diversity and inclusion champion on the foreign office board and I’m also very proud to say I’m an Ally of the LGBTQ+ community - as you can see from my badge which was given to me by my daughter who happens to be queer and that’s just one of the many reasons that I want to support the community as we approach the month of pride and just let you know that I am thinking of you.

I know that colleagues across the civil service will not be able to celebrate pride in the same way as usual and I know that’s sad, but hopefully by next year we’ll be back to celebrating it in the normal way with marches and parties. But for now I hope quietly we can still celebrate the month of pride and what it stands for in terms of defending and promoting the rights of LGBTQ+ staff in the Civil Service and across our Diplomatic Network around the world.

So that’s it really, I just wanted you to know that your allies are thinking of you and are with you in these COVID times and Happy Pride Month.