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MI5 among UK's gay-friendly employers

08:41 Thu Jan 12 2012

Britain's domestic intelligence agency MI5 has been named on a list of the country's most gay-friendly employers, ranked at number 62 by equality charity Stonewall.

MI5 director-general Jonathan Evans welcomed the news, saying in a statement that MI5 had worked hard in recent years to promote equality and diversity.

"We are pleased to be recognised by Stonewall, but there is still more we can do," Evans said on Wednesday. "We will continue to support lesbian, gay and bisexual staff to make MI5 a truly inclusive place to work."

MI5 rose from 134th place to 62nd in Stonewall's index, which ranked financial services company Ernst & Young as number one, followed by the Home Office, or interior ministry, and Barclays bank.

The index uses 109 criteria and 25 different questions to establish employers' efforts to tackle discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual people, both in Britain and in their global operations.

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