Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

In this year’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI), 47 out of 408 rated cities across the country earned a 100-point score.

This continues a steady increase over 38 cities in 2014, 25 cities in 2013 and 11 cities in 2012, the first year the MEI was published. Perfect scores are earned by cities with exemplary LGBT policies, ranging from non-discrimination laws and equal employee benefits, to cutting-edge city services and strong relationships with the LGBT community.

These cities are proving that they can ensure equality even in states that are lagging behind in enacting LGBT-inclusive laws and policies.  MEI examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.

Did your city make the list?

Arizona
Phoenix
Tempe
Tucson

California
Cathedral City
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Palm Springs
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
West Hollywood

Florida
Orlando
St. Petersburg
Wilton Manors

Georgia
Atlanta

Illinois
Chicago

Indiana
Bloomington

Iowa
Davenport
Iowa City

Kentucky
Louisville

Maryland
Baltimore

Massachusetts
Boston
Cambridge
Worcester

Michigan
Detroit
East Lansing 

Minnesota
Minneapolis  
Saint Paul      

Missouri
Kansas City
St. Louis

Montana
Missoula

Nevada
Las Vegas

New Jersey
Jersey City

New York
New York
Rochester
Yonkers

Ohio
Cincinnati
Columbus

Oregon
Portland

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

Rhode Island
Providence

Texas
Austin
Dallas 

Washington
Bellevue
Olympia
Seattle

Wisconsin
Madison

Didn't make the list? Text 'MYCITY' to 30644 to check scores in your area. (SMS & data rates may apply. Text STOP to quit.)


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