Municipal Equality Index

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Glendale, Arizona

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Part I. Non-Discrimination Laws

This category evaluates whether discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.

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If the state or county has a comprehensive and inclusive non-discrimination law that applies within the city limits, a city may conclude it is an inefficient use of resources to pass a local non-discrimination ordinance. For that reason, so long as the protections of a state or county law apply within city limits, the city effectively has such protections, and the state or county law will earn the city points.

If there is no state or county law, but the city has passed an ordinance of its own volition, the city will receive credit for those non-discrimination protections. However, where laws exist at both the city and the state (or county) level, the city will not receive double (or triple) points—the maximum points in this section are capped at 30.
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
State County City Available
Employment
State County City Available
Employment
00
00
00
55
Housing
State County City Available
Housing
00
00
00
55
Public Accomodations
State County City Available
Public Accomodations
00
00
00
55
Total
0
Out of
30
Total
0
Out of
30

Part II. Municipality as Employer

By offering equivalent benefits and protections to LGBTQ employees, and by awarding contracts to fair-minded businesses, municipalities commit themselves to treating LGBTQ employees equally.

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Non-Discrimination in City Employment:
Cities can adopt internal hiring policies that prohibit employment discrimination (including hiring, promotions, termination, and compensation) on the basis of sexual orientation (6 points) and gender identity or expression (6 points).

It is a fundamental principle of fairness that an employee should be judged on his or her ability to perform the responsibilities of a position, and not by who they are or whom they love. A state-level non-discrimination law or a local non-discrimination ordinance alone is not sufficient to earn these points—personnel policies must enumerate sexual orientation and gender identity in order for the city to receive credit.

Transgender-Inclusive Healthcare Benefits:
Cities, like other employers, provide health benefits to their employees, but some employees routinely have critical and medically necessary treatment excluded from the health care options they are offered. Transgender employees are routinely denied health care coverage for gender-affirming care such as hormone replacement therapy, gender confirmation surgery, and other medically necessary care.
Municipalities must provide at least one health insurance plan (6 points) that provides coverage for transgender health care needs (gender confirmation surgeries, hormone replacement therapy, and other gender-affirming care). The policy must affirmatively include gender-affirming care; a lack of exclusion is not sufficient for an award of points because this care is routinely presumed to be not covered.

City Contractor Non-Discrimination Ordinance:
Cities who take fair workplaces seriously also require city contractors to have inclusive non-discrimination policies. An equal opportunity ordinance, as these are sometimes known, requires city contractors to adopt non-discrimination policies that prohibit adverse employment actions on the basis of sexual orientation (3 points) and gender identity or expression (3 points).
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
State County City Available
Non-Discrimination in City Employment
State County City Available
Non-Discrimination in City Employment
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
00
66
Transgender-Inclusive Healthcare Benefits
State County City Available
Transgender-Inclusive Healthcare Benefits
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
0
City Contractor Non-Discrimination Ordinance
State County City Available
City Contractor Non-Discrimination Ordinance
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
00
33
Total
0
Out of
24
Total
0
Out of
24

Bonus Points

This section measures whether the city is a welcoming workplace for LGBTQ employees as measured by the following: the city actively recruits LGBTQ employees, or conducts LGBTQ-inclusive diversity training, or it has an LGBTQ employee affinity group (a total of 2 bonus points are awarded if any of these exist).

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Inclusive Workplace
State County City Available
Inclusive Workplace
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
2
Total
0
Out of
2
Total
0
Out of
2

Part III. Municipality Services

This section assesses the efforts of the city to ensure LGBTQ constituents are included in city services and programs.

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Human Rights Commission:
A Human Rights Commission will be worth 5 points if its purpose is largely or entirely educational. These commissions may hold community discussions, screen movies, present panels, take public comment, advise the city on matters of diversity and inclusion, develop policies and strategies for making the city more inclusive, and undertake other similar types of endeavors.

LGBTQ Liaison to City Executive:
Similarly, an LGBTQ liaison to the Mayor or City Manager’s office (5 points) is responsible for looking at city policies and services through an LGBTQ lens and speaking up when a policy or service might exclude LGBTQ people. This position is also known to be a friendly ear to constituents who want to bring LGBTQ-related issues to the city government but are fearful they might be dismissed or misunderstood.

Enumerated Anti-Bullying Policies:
Anti-bullying policies in schools are also included in the MEI; a state, county, or city may prohibit bullying on the basis of sexual orientation (3 points) and gender identity or expression (3 points). Where there are multiple school districts within city limits, credit will only be given at the local level if at least 75% of students within these school districts are covered by enumerated anti-bullying policies.
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
State County City Available
Human Rights Commission
State County City Available
Human Rights Commission
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
5
LGBTQ Liaison to City Executive
State County City Available
LGBTQ Liaison to City Executive
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
5
Enumerated Anti-Bullying Policies
State County City Available
Enumerated Anti-Bullying Policies
00
00
00
33
Total
0
Out of
16
Total
0
Out of
16

Bonus Points

The MEI also evaluates city services that address segments of the LGBTQ population who are particularly vulnerable and may have specific and acute needs. While all people age, battle illness, struggle to fit in, and work hard to improve their lot in life, these struggles can be different and particularly difficult for LGBTQ people. Cities can address these challenges by offering services—or supporting a third party provider of these services—to LGBTQ youth, LGBTQ elderly, LGBTQ homeless people, or people who are HIV-positive or living with AIDS (2 bonus points for each service the city provides).

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NDO Enforcement by Commission/Executive
State County City Available
NDO Enforcement by Commission/Executive
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
3
City provides services to/supports LGBTQ youth
State County City Available
City provides services to/supports LGBTQ youth
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
2
2
City provides services to/supports LGBTQ homeless
State County City Available
City provides services to/supports LGBTQ homeless
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
2
City provides services to/supports LGBTQ elderly
State County City Available
City provides services to/supports LGBTQ elderly
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
2
City provides services to/supports people living with HIV/AIDS
State County City Available
City provides services to/supports people living with HIV/AIDS
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
2
Total
2
Out of
11
Total
2
Out of
2

Part IV. Law Enforcement

Fair enforcement of the law includes responsible reporting of hate crimes and engaging with the LGBTQ community in a thoughtful and respectful way.

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LGBTQ Police Liaison or Task Force:
An LGBTQ police liaison (10 points) can serve as an important bridge between the community and law enforcement. The liaison is an advocate for fair and respectful enforcement of the law as well as an officer that the community can rely upon to appropriately respond to sensitive issues.

Reported 2012 Hates Crimes Statistics to the FBI:
Respectful and fair enforcement includes responsible reporting of hate crimes, including for hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity, to the FBI (12 points). Such reporting demonstrates law enforcement’s attention to these crimes and ensures that the larger law enforcement community is able to accurately gauge the scope and responses to them.
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
State County City Available
LGBTQ Police Liaison or Task Force
State County City Available
LGBTQ Police Liaison or Task Force
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
10
Reported 2012 Hates Crimes Statistics to the FBI
State County City Available
Reported 2012 Hates Crimes Statistics to the FBI
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
12
12
Total
12
Out of
22
Total
12
Out of
22

Part V. Relationship with the LGBTQ Community

This category measures the city leadership’s commitment to fully include the LGBTQ community and to advocate for full equality.

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Leadership’s Public Position on LGBT Equality:
This rates city leadership (on a scale of 0 to 5 points) on its public statements on matters of equality, particularly where the city leadership pushes for equality in the face of substantial adversity. For example, a city would be awarded points if the city council passed a resolution in support of a state level non-discrimination bill—while this is not something the city can legislate, it is a powerful statement of the city’s principles nonetheless. The level of support for pro-equality legislation is also reflected in this section.

Leadership’s Pro-Equality Legislative or Policy Efforts:
This rates the persistence of the city leadership in pursuing legislation or policies that further equality (on a scale of 0 to 3 points). Note that even small or unsuccessful efforts are recognized in this category, and that these efforts may be heavily weighted if the city’s political environment is not conducive to passing pro-equality legislation.
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
State County City Available
Leadership's Public Position on LGBTQ Equality
State County City Available
Leadership's Public Position on LGBTQ Equality
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
5
Leadership's Pro-Equality Legislative or Policy Efforts
State County City Available
Leadership's Pro-Equality Legislative or Policy Efforts
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
3
Total
3
Out of
8
Total
3
Out of
8

Bonus Points

Finally, this section also includes two opportunities to earn bonus points: first, for openly LGBTQ people holding elected or appointed office in the municipality (three bonus points); and second, for cities who do all they can in the face of state law that restricts their ability to pass LGBTQ-inclusive laws or policies (two bonus points).

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Openly LGBTQ elected or appointed municipal leaders
State County City Available
Openly LGBTQ elected or appointed municipal leaders
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
3
City test limits of restrictive state law
State County City Available
City test limits of restrictive state law
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
0
2
Total
0
Out of
5
Total
0
Out of
5

Total Score

Total scores are on a scale of 0 - 100. A score of 0 means the state does not have laws, policies, and services that support LGBTQ people.

Score Available
Score Available
Total
15
Out of
100
Total
15
Out of
100
Bonus
2
Out of
20
Bonus
2
Out of
20
Total
17
Out of
100
Total
17
Out of
100

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