Sheffield City Council ranked highly for commitment to LGBTQ+ rights.

A LGBTQ+ charity has found Sheffield City Council to be amongst the most inclusive local authorities in the country on their annual education and workplace indexes.

The survey, commissioned by the trans-equality charity Stonewall, ranked the local authority’s approach to diversity and anti-bullying campaigns 6th out of the 28 councils reviewed.

Darren Towers, Stonewall’s Executive Director said: “With organisations like Sheffield 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.”

The council was also named as one of the Top 100 Employers list for 2019, placing 61st.

This year had the highest number of applicants to the Top 100 list, with 445 employers entering, in a show of support and commitment to advancing LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion.

Councillor Olivia Blake, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, said they were delighted to have placed so highly.

According to her, Stonewall’s findings reflect the ethos of equality and diversity within the organisation and across the city as a whole.

She said: ““Our vision is for Sheffield to be the fairest city in Britain, where all people feel included regardless of their age, race, gender, sexuality or ability.

“We have come a long way and we will continue to build on this success so that everyone feels accepted in our city.”

To be considered as successful, each organisation that nominates themselves for review must demonstrate how well they’ve engaged with LGBT communities, as well as successes in 10 other areas of employment policy and practice.