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Welsh organisations among UK's top LGBT-inclusive employers

The National Assembly has been named one of the top five inclusive organisations for the fifth year running. Credit: PA Images

Welsh employers continue to lead on LGBT inclusivity in the workplace in Stonewall's annual list of top employers for 2019.

Twelve of the top 100 LGBT-friendly employers on the list are Welsh.

Stonewall's Top 100 is a list ranking employers from across public, private and third sectors on how inclusive their workplaces are.

The National Assembly has been named the most inclusive employer in Wales and the fifth most inclusive in the UK.

Stonewall praised the organisation for continuing to implement a range of inclusive policies and practices for LGBT staff, and introducing specific policies, training and facilities to create a welcoming environment for trans colleagues and visitors.

A new trend in this year’s Top 100 sees a significant rise in Universities named as inclusive employers, with five organisations working in the higher education sector in Wales making the list.

  • The 12 Welsh LGBT-inclusive Employers featured in the top 100:
  • National Assembly for Wales (5)
  • Lloyds Banking Group (7)
  • Welsh Government (8)
  • Cardiff University (11)
  • Intellectual Property Office (13)
  • Victim Support (27)
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (37)
  • University of South Wales (43)
  • Swansea University (47)
  • Eversheds Sutherland LLP (66)
  • Aberystwyth University (79)
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (95)

The National Assembly is also one of 14 organisations to receive a special commendation for being one of the UK's top trans-inclusive employers.

Other Welsh organisations to be recognised as working hard to ensure trans staff feel accepted are Cardiff University, Swansea University, Victim Support and Welsh Government.

Each year, Stonewall also names individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to LGBT inclusion in their workplace.

Ray Vincent, Associate Chaplain at the University of South Wales was awarded Gay Role Model of the Year for his work on championing LGBT equality within the workplace.

Being a role model doesn’t necessarily mean being a specially virtuous or courageous person! I think its chief function in the multi-cultural environment of a university is to reassure anyone with doubts that it’s OK to be gay. At the same time, I feel challenged to be more visible and to work harder to encourage and help people to be who they are.

As a Christian minister, I am very much aware of the pain caused to LGBT people by the attitude of many people in the churches – I have felt it keenly myself, and I deeply regret that this is still the experience of many today. But the Christian community is very diverse, and I am thankful for all those Christians who have supported me and who go on loving me just as I am.

– Ray Vincent