Staffs police tops gay-friendly employer league

Staffordshire Police force has been named Britain’s most gay-friendly employer – beating many of the UK’s biggest companies.

The gay campaigners Stonewall said a factor in the force’s success was its record of promoting lesbian and gay officers to a high level.

Currently one in 10 of the force’s 2,309 police officers is lesbian or gay, almost twice the 6% of the general population estimated to be homosexual in a recent Treasury report.

Computing giant IBM came second in the list of the 100 most gay-friendly employers, while the Department for Work and Pensions and Manchester City Council tied for third.

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