THE armed forces have been ranked the second most gay-friendly military in the world, according to an independent report.
The Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force received top scores for including members of the gay community in its policies around admission, tolerance, and inclusion.
The ranking comes weeks after the Ministry of Defence won the most improved employer award in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.
The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies ranked more than 100 armed forces by its inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender personnel.
The study, which was based on around 20 policies and practices, put New Zealand at number one while the UK shared second place with the Netherlands.
Defence Minister Anna Soubry said: ‘This is more good news and reward for the hard work the department has made to create a positive working environment for its lesbian, gay and bisexual military and civilian employees.
‘It builds on the excellent result in this year’s Stonewall Index. The single services want to create a workforce, both regular and reserve, that is drawn from the breadth of the society we defend, that gains strength from that society’s range of knowledge, experience and talent and that welcomes, respects and values the unique contribution of every individual.’