Four UK charities named in list of 100 most LGBT-friendly employers

The UK's most LGBT-friendly employers to work for have been revealed, with four charities making into the top 100.

The annual list of employers, which is compiled by Stonewall and ranks employers from across all sectors on how LGBT inclusive their workplaces are, features four UK charities, including Youth Sport Trust, Victim Support, Touchstone and St.Mungo's.

Youth Sport Trust was the highest ranked charity, landing in at number 21, while Victim Support came in at 25, Touchstone at 44 and St.Mungo's at 93.

Stonewall said Youth Sport Trust ranked higher this year after it established a new LGBTQ network group for staff and partners, ran awareness-raising sessions and stepped up engagement with national campaigns, including LGBT history month and Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces season.

Victim Support, the sector’s second-highest performing organisation also received special recognition as one of the UK’s best employers for trans staff.

"Youth Sport Trust and all of the third sector organisations in this year's Top 100 Employer's list are playing a huge role in improving the lives of LGBT people, and should be very proud of their work," Stonewall's executive director of workplace and community programmes, Sanjay Sood-Smith said.

"We still don't live in a world where everyone is able to be themselves in the workplace, as we know more than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) hide who they are at work. By taking steps to make their workplaces supportive and welcoming of all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, these organisations are bringing us closer to a world where everyone is accepted without exception."

This year’s Top 100 was entered by 503 employers and comes after research by the charity found one in seven LGBT employees (14 per cent) don’t feel able to be themselves at work and almost one in five LGBT people (18 per cent) have experienced discrimination when applying for jobs because of their identity.

Full results of the Top 100 Employers list can be found here.

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