Language, interpretation and accessibility

The WeCount 2019 survey and this findings document have committed to using appropriate LGBTQIA+ and rainbow terms. Throughout the document we use rainbow as an umbrella term to refer to the LGBTQIA+ population which includes (but is not limited to) identities such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, non-binary, gender diverse, transgender, fa’fafafine, takatāpui, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, fakaleiti, akava’ine, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual and more.

When referring to the rainbow community or population, we mean the rainbow or LGBTQIA+ community or population of the public service workforce. The term community is used to indicate a sense of belonging; the term population refers to measurable diversity within the community.

It is also important to acknowledge that although the term rainbow is often used to describe one aspect of diversity, there is significant diversity of age, ethnicity, occupations, abilities, and lived experiences across members of the rainbow community. It is not a homogenous population. Understanding the intersectionality, then, helps create understanding that low levels of comfort may change across the life span, or differ between different ethnic, age and occupational groups.

Inclusive language such as ‘we’ and ‘our’ is used throughout this document. ‘We’ refers to either the State Services Commission (SSC) or the broader public service dependent on context, and ‘our’ refers to the broader public service. This document will be made fully accessible.

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