Saturday, October 21, 2017

Record 68 U.S. cities earn perfect scores in LGBT equality test

A record 68 cities in the United States earned a perfect score of 100 in an annual LGBT equality evaluation.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). This is the sixth year of the MEI, which first began in 2012.

The evaluation scored 506 municipalities on things like non-discrimination laws, fair law enforcement, overall relationship with the city’s LGBT community, and more. For each factor, there is a limited amount of available points. 

The official document states its goal is to demonstrate ‘in the most comprehensive form just how much can be accomplished be tenacious city leaders who stand up for full LGBT equality’.

Furthermore, the municipalities earning perfect 100-point ratings increased from last year’s 60 cities. Some the 100-earning locations include Phoenix, Los Angeles, Orlando, Atlanta, Louisville, Denver, Kansas City, and more.

A total number of 11 cities earned scores of 0. They include: Sitka and Wasilla, Alaska; Monroe, Louisiana; Southaven, Mississippi; Jefferson City, Missouri; Moore and Stillwater, Oklahoma; Clemson, South Carolina; Mitchell and Pierre, South Dakota; and Sheridan, Wyoming.

You can read the full report here.

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