Bristol City Council has been ranked the 41st most gay friendly employer in the country by a leading equal rights campaigning and lobbying group.
The announcement has seen the local authority rise 25 places from 76th last year and 84 places since 2010, thanks to the efforts of the council to improve its policies and practices with regards to Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people.
The Stonewall Workplace publishes an annual Top Employers guide which provides a ranking based on an audit of employers policies and performance.
Councillor Barbara Janke, Leader of Bristol City Council, said: The latest Stonewall rankings reflect the hard work that has gone in over the last two years in particular to improve the authority’s performance on equalities.
As well as asking the council to evidence whether it has appropriate policies and practices in place, Stonewall also asks individual employees to fill in a separate questionnaire setting out how they think the organisation is doing.
A record 378 organisations from 25 different industries made submissions to Stonewalls 2011 index, up from 352 entries in 2010.