In this report

What does ‘coming out’ mean for senior business people?

Gay or straight, talented people will shine if they can be themselves

Organisations from Goldman Sachs to the Church of England are waking up to the need to challenge outdated prejudices

In an open culture, no one need fear the ‘wife’ question

A gay-friendly organisation starts at the top

Suki Sandhu

‘LGBT leaders are making a huge difference’

Suki Sandhu, founder of the OUTstanding in Business campaign, explains the need to champion diversity

A panel debate at the OUTstanding in Business launch

Who’s who: Top 50 OUTstanding in Business List

Leaders from across the corporate world who stood up to be counted and act as inspirational role models

Neil Bentley, chief operating officer at the CBI

The challenge is to find the best

Statistics suggest gay people are better educated and more likely to be in managerial roles than the general population

Global reach: Corporates take the lead where 29 US states have yet to follow

Multinationals that promote equal opportunity can make a difference but must respect other cultures

Antonio Simoes, Head of banking for the UK and head of retail banking and wealth management for Europe, HSBC Bank

HSBC’s Simoes heads LGBT business list

FT publishes first OUTstanding in Business Top 50

Credit Suisse in LGBT launch

Chance to invest portfolio of ‘gay-friendly’ companies

John Browne
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Gay chief executives urged to set example

Network asks business leaders to be open about their sexuality

Lord Browne calls for action on homophobia

Business seen becoming more tolerant but with more to do