Welsh institutions named in top LGBT employers list

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The National Assembly for Wales has been ranked as the top employer in Wales for being most inclusive for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender staff.

LGBT charity Stonewall said its workplace equality index attracted a record 439 submissions, with 92,000 staff taking part in a survey about workplace culture.

Legal firms made up half of the top 10 and featured widely in the top 100 along with those in education, banking and finance and the government, but there were no media companies.

Banking giant Lloyds is named as the most inclusive employer in first place.

Law firm Pinsent Masons came second, followed by US bankers JP Morgan, while intelligence agency MI5, which was top last year, was joint-fifth with the Welsh Assembly.

The LGBT pride flag flies outside the Ty Hywel Building at the National Assembly Credit: ITV News
The National Assembly for Wales is based in Cardiff Bay

The Welsh Government came in 25th place.

Cardiff and Swansea University were ranked 23rd and 31st respectively.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board also made the list.

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Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall said:

"We've learned over the last year that nothing is certain - and this extends to human rights. Corporate organisations have the power to influence this and protect LGBT people, and so it is reassuring to see so many private firms represented in our top 10 and top 100."