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Army climbs 33 places on Stonewall 100 list

The Army has been named one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2019. The Army has placed 51st on this year’s list.

This year’s Top 100 was the largest ever with 445 employers entering, demonstrating their commitment to LGBT workplace inclusion.

This listing recognises our commitment to being an inclusive employer

Commander Field Army and LGBT Champion for the Army, Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders, has praised the everyday effort of our soldiers in ensuring the army is an inclusive organisation where all our people are treated with respect. He commended the work of the LGBT+ Forum and their allies in improving the lived experience of our soldiers and their significant contribution towards our placing in the Top 100.

Lt Gen Patrick Sanders said: “The British Army is proud to once again be listed in the Stonewall Top 100. This listing recognises our commitment to being an inclusive employer that offers opportunities for all and reflects the society it represents.”

Trans Role Model of Year 2019

Special mention is given this year to Captain Hannah Graf who has been named as Stonewall’s Trans Role Model of Year 2019. In 2013, Captain Hannah Graf came out as a trans woman and became the highest ranking trans person in the British Army.

Hannah has supported the army with updating its facilities and policies, including developing a new guide to gender identity. Alongside her work commitments, for five years she has been the trans representative for the Army’s LGBT forum and has championed enormous culture change, removing barriers for trans people and moving the Army’s diversity agenda forward.

Darren Towers, Stonewall’s Executive Director said: “The Army and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list are making a huge difference to workplaces, services and communities across the UK. LGBT-inclusive employers play a crucial role in changing society by using their power and influence to protect and support LGBT people." 

As part of the Top 100, Stonewall undertakes an anonymous staff survey which all army personnel were invited to complete to give their personal views of the Army’s inclusivity. An overwhelming 93 per cent of non-LGBT employees who responded to the survey, say they understand why their employer is committed to LGBT equality.