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Leaders of Equality: Baltimore, Maryland

Post submitted by Whitney Lovell, HRC State and Municipal Legislative Program Manager

HRC, along with the Washington, DC/Baltimore Steering Committee, recently had the pleasure of presenting the "Top Municipality for LGBT Equality" to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for Baltimore’s perfect score on the 2013 Municipal Equality Index.  Baltimore was one of only 25 cities to score a perfect 100 points.

Baltimore’s score is especially noteworthy because the city Baltimore had an inclusive non-discrimination ordinance before the Fairness for All Marylanders Act passed the Maryland General Assembly, which was fittingly signed into law by Governor O’Malley the day of our Baltimore event.

The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities around the country and rates them on how inclusive they are of LGBT people.  For more information about the MEI, please visit: www.hrc.org/mei. Baltimore’s scorecard is located here.

Baltimore MEI

Members of HRC Washington, DC/Baltimore Steering Committee, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Cathryn Oakley, Legislative Counsel for State and Municipal Advocacy, Carrie Evans, Executive Director of Equality Maryland

Balitmore MEI

Cathryn Oakley, Legislative Counsel for State and Municipal Advocacy

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