The Royal Navy has placed joint 71st in Stonewall's top 100 employers 2022 list for their 'life-changing' commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff inclusion.
The Royal Navy improved from not placing in 2020, the previous list, but there was no place this year for the Army and Royal Air Force who had previously been 82nd and 90th respectively.
Stonewall, Europe's largest charity for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer rights, stands firm that LGBTQ+ inclusion efforts make workplaces "safer" and "better" for everyone.
Stonewall's Top 100 Employers List is the UK's leading ranking of employers from public, private and third sectors on how inclusive their workplaces are.
The list is back after a year-long hiatus, acknowledging the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses, ranking organisations on their efforts and commitment to inclusion for LGBTQ+ people in the workplace.
The Top 100 Employers List is compiled through submissions to a free, voluntary benchmarking tool, the Workplace Equality Index.
This index assesses employers on the work they are doing to encourage the inclusion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT+) community.
It relates to employee policy, employee lifecycle, staff network groups, allies and role models, senior leadership, monitoring, procurement, and customers, service users and clients.
Watch: As part of LGBTQ+ history month last year, BFBS the forces station explored the military as an equal opportunity employer, speaking to Triss Finley Smythe, an Air Engineering Technician with the Royal Navy, who came out as non-binary.
According to the Stonewall charity's research, nationally almost one in five LGBT staff (18%) have been the target of negative comments or conduct from work colleagues in the last year because they are LGBT, and more than a third of LGBT staff hide who they are at work because they fear discrimination.
The research also found that nationwide one in eight lesbian, gay and bi people would not feel confident reporting any homophobic or biphobic bullying to their employer, rising to one in five for trans people, and almost one in five LGBT people (18%) looking for work said they were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last year.