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Stonewall hails employers

Organisations from the defence and security sector have made the Top 100 Employers list compiled by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall. That compares with three in 2016.

The highest entry comes from the counter-espionage agency MI5 at number five, which was named most inclusive employer in Britain in the 2016 Index, who are followed by MI6 at number 20 (36 in 2016) and new entry GCHQ, at number 75. More from GCHQ on this link.

The Top 100 Employers list, created by Stonewall, is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, as a benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.

Also, making the 2017 list from the defence and security sector are the Royal Navy (82) and The Army (99).

Stonewall’s defence sector specialist, Mandy McBain, said: ‘It’s excellent to see MI5 finish in the Top 5 following another successful year. The organisation continues to lead by example in progressing inclusion and diversity in the workplace, demonstrating a continued dedication to lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality. MI6 has also made a significant leap into this year’s Top 20 and GCHQ are an impressive new entry at 75, inspiring other organisations across the sector, as well as the country to create and maintain an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.’

Full results of the Top 100 Employers list can be found online at


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