The Royal Navy has been judged one of the best employers in the UK for workplace inclusion.
The Senior Service has leapt from 56th to 10th place in the Stonewall Workplace Index, just sixteen years after the ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel openly serving in the Armed Forces was lifted.
More than 400 organisations take part in the Index with some 60,000 staff surveyed about their employers' attitudes.
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Commander Chris New, Head of the Navy’s Diversity and Inclusion team, said: “The Royal Navy is delighted to be in the Top 10 for the first time. One of our top priorities is to be a good, diverse and inclusive employer of personnel from all sections of UK society.
“We will continue, however, to improve our culture, training and collaboration with diversity partners in order to maintain the progress made in recent years.”
Ruth Hunt, the Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: “The Royal Navy and all of those employers that secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016 list performed fantastically this year. We have had more submissions than ever before and so making the list is a huge achievement.
“I’d like to thank all of those organisations for their continued efforts to ensure that their lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and are accepted without exception.”
The Royal Navy, which includes the Royal Marines, still has some way to go however to beat the Security Services. The intelligence agency MI5 being judged to be the most gay-friendly employer in Britain.