Newcastle City Council ranked 5th in Stonewall's Top 100 LGBT employers
Newcastle City Council’s continued commitment to inclusivity and equality of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) employees has seen it climb further up the Stonewall Top 100 index.
The LGBT charity annually ranks the country’s top employers, and this year Newcastle City Council has risen closer to the summit to fifth place – the highest position the council has ever achieved. The ranking also makes Newcastle City Council the highest-placed local authority on the list.
In addition, 2019 also sees the local authority recognised as one of Stonewall’s best Trans-Inclusive Employers.
The free to enter index looks at how employers support their LGBT staff in the workplace and ranks the best 100.
All too often lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are not supported to be open about who they are in the workplace which can not only impact on an employee’s performance but ultimately on their health and wellbeing.
Cllr Joyce McCarty, deputy leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “I am immensely proud that once again we have climbed even further up Stonewall’s Top 100 list.
“We pride ourselves on treating everybody equally and equality is absolutely among our core values. A lot of members of staff have worked tirelessly to achieve this recognition and this a fantastic outcome for all their efforts.
“Newcastle City Council is not the only champion of inclusivity of the LGBT community, the wider North East generally is very inclusive, as shown with the wonderful achievement of Northern Pride being confirmed to host UK Pride in 2020.”
Darren Towers, Stonewall’s Executive Director, said: “Newcastle City Council 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. More than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) still hide their identity at work for fear of discrimination; that has an impact on productivity, wellbeing and more and shows we still have lots to do.
“However, with organisations like Newcastle City Council displaying such a strong commitment to LGBT equality, we are one step closer to creating a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”