General Article Navy one of UK’s top LGBT-friendly employers

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The Royal Navy was the first defence organisation to join Stonewall as a Diversity Champion in 2005 and has continued to support LGBT+ sailors and marines through its gender identity and sexual orientation network, Compass.

Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Tony Radakin said: ‘To fulfil our mission of keeping Britain safe, we rely on the skills of the most talented people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Not only do we want to reflect the communities we serve, but we know our people perform at their best when they can be themselves.

‘Therefore we are fully committed to providing a workplace where our sailors and marines feel supported. I am immensely proud to see our continued efforts recognised with such a high position on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index this year.’

Last year, the naval service enhanced its support of the LGBT+ community when Royal Marines officially took part in London Pride – their first tim

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