Armed forces recognised in annual list of gay-friendly employers

Royal Navy sailors taking part in last year's gay pride parade. Picture: PO(Phot) Derek Wade
Royal Navy sailors taking part in last year's gay pride parade. Picture: PO(Phot) Derek Wade
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The Ministry of Defence has been named most improved employer of the year in an annual list of gay-friendly organisations in the UK.

The MoD has won the award for Most Improved Employer in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2014.

The armed forces are also recognised in the list, with the Army appearing in the top 100 for the first time ever, at 79th place, a position it shares with the Royal Navy.

The RAF is in 108th place.

Stonewall said the MoD strengthened its performance in every area of good practice and was particularly praised for its work on community engagement, which helped the department rise from 174th place last year to 35th today.

Ben Summerskill, Stonewall’s chief Executive, said: ‘The MoD has made a visible commitment to the lesbian, gay and bisexual community and has actively raised its profile as an employer of choice for gay staff.

‘Every single employer in the Top 100 has performed remarkably this year as competition for a place on the list of gay-friendly employers has never been fiercer.’

The full list of employers who made the Top 100 list will be released later today.