Newcastle City Council
Newcastle City Council first became a Top 100 Employer in 2005 and has been the highest-ranking local authority for the last three years.
The council is committed to its values of equality and fairness, priding itself as ‘being open and inclusive without exception’ for its 5,000 employees and wider community. It has demonstrated this commitment by embedding LGBT inclusion throughout the council, from employee policies, to recruitment practices, to internal communications.
The council leads the way in its support for trans staff, service users and communities, working closely with local trans organisations to raise awareness of trans experiences. In November 2019, the council collaborated with the NHS and other regional stakeholder partners on a groundbreaking conference which improved understanding of the needs of trans people, and particularly the needs of the local trans community.
Its active LGBT staff network group runs a reverse mentoring scheme for senior leaders, helping them to better understand the lived experiences of LGBT staff. The network also provides confidential support to LGBT staff and consistently offers constructive feedback to the council on issues of LGBT inclusion.
The group, alongside its growing network of allies, has led a wide range of community engagement activities over the last year. This included a ‘7 days of Pride’ campaign in the run-up to Pride Newcastle, as well as events for Bi Visibility Day, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT), and Trans Day of Remembrance.
The network has consistently engaged with diverse communities across the city, raising awareness of intersectionality and bringing together LGBT people of faith, LGBT people of colour and LGBT people with disabilities.
The council also benefits from strong visible support from senior leaders across the organisation. Every opportunity is taken by council leaders, directors and senior managers to be vocal in their support of LGBT communities.
Newcastle City Council is a champion of change and acceptance, working to ensure everyone feels part of the city of Newcastle, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.