Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is the only Welsh local authority to secure a spot in Stonewall's Top 100, making it one of the best workplaces for LGBT staff in the UK.
This is the second consecutive year the Council has been celebrated and recognised by the leading charity for its ongoing work to ensure equality and inclusivity for all staff.
Securing a top spot on the definitive list is a great way to start LGBT history month, which Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is marking throughout February with a series of events, staff engagement and more.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council secured its top ranking in the Stonewall Top 100 thanks to evidence it submitted to showcase its approach to equality and inclusivity, which includes staff awareness, training, peer support and mentoring, senior management buy-in and more.
Staff were also invited to provide feedback, in the strictest confidence, to Stonewall on what it is like to work for the Council and how well they feel LGBT services and support are delivered.
Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Council Business, said: "Year on year we have worked hard with partners including Stonewall to ensure we have equality and inclusion at the Council and that LGBT staff are supported and enabled to be themselves in the workplace - not feel they have to hide away or keep a part of them secret.
"This work has included the launch of the staff network Perthyn (Belonging) and the appointment of staff mentors, who are on hand to support and advise all staff members.
"To once again secure a place in the Stonewall Top 100, to be named one of the best LGBT employers in the UK is a huge honour and testament to the innovation and effort put into our approach by staff."
Darren Towers, Executive Director of Stonewall, said: "Rhondda Cynon Taf Counciland all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job.
" Taking part in our Index shows real commitment to understanding and advancing LGBT equality.
"This year, for the first time, the Index looked at what employers were doing for trans equality in the workplace. This work is crucial.
"We recently published LGBT in Britain: Trans Report, which revealed the profound inequality facing trans people in Britain today. Half of trans people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination. This must change and it’s encouraging to see so many organisations make a commitment to trans equality.
"With their support and hard work we can create a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”
Posted on Tuesday 6th February 2018