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Stonewall Top 100: British Military Services Fall In 2020 Employer Rankings

The British Army and the Royal Air Force both dropped in the rankings, while the Royal Navy did not enter to be featured.

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The British Army and the Royal Air Force have been featured in a list of top employers by LGBTQ+ rights charity Stonewall.

The Army was ranked 82nd in Stonewall's top 100 employers list, while the Royal Air Force was in 90th position.

According to the charity, all organisations which feature in the rankings have "done great work over the past year to help achieve acceptance without exception for all LGBT people".

The military has performed worse in this year's list compared to 2019, when the Army was ranked joint 51st, while the RAF was in 68th position.

The Stonewall Top 100 is compiled using the Workplace Equality Index, and is considered the UK's leading benchmarking tool for LGBT inclusion in the workplace.

Companies can submit applications to be included - more than 500 companies entered to make this year's top 100.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines, which did not apply to feature in the 2020 list, were placed in 15th last year.

Completing the Workplace Equality Index is a voluntary, annual exercise that enables employers to measure, verify and improve their inclusion practice.

Organisations entering the Index detail their LGBT practice across ten areas ranging from policies and benefits, to monitoring, procuring and community engagement.

This month, the British military marked 20 years since the ban on lesbian, gay or bisexual personnel serving in the armed forces was lifted.

Cover image: The British Armed Forces have often been involved in London Pride (Picture: MOD).