Submit a Municipality to Be Rated

Filed under: State & Local Advocacy

Each year the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) will expand its scope to evaluate more cities; however, if there’s a municipality that you believe should be rated before it might otherwise be captured in our publication, you can submit the supporting documentation via email. We will work with you to evaluate the municipality and some of the cities scored in this manner may be printed in a subsequent MEI publication. To receive points, any criterion listed must have relevant documentation (the municipal ordinance, city policy, or other information sufficient to demonstrate the presence of the criteria) attached. To view the 2016 MEI Standards for Credit, click here.

To submit a municipality to be rated, please email with the subject line Self Submit: and the city name. Please include the following information in your email, and attach documentation of proof for each item on the scorecard in the following file formats: .jpg, .pdf, .png, .ppt, Word, or website URL.



Contact Name*

Contact Email*

Section I: Non-Discrimination Laws

A. City prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in:

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Public accommodations

B. City prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in:

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Public accommodations

Section II. Municipality as Employer

A. City has a policy of non-discrimination for its employees on the basis of:

  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity

B. City has transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for its employees:

  • Yes
  • No

C. City requires all contractors to have a non-discrimination ordinance or policy on the basis of:

  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity

BONUS: City provides a welcoming workplace for LGBTQ employees in:

  • LGBTQ-inclusive recruitment
  • LGBTQ-inclusive diversity training
  • LGBTQ employee affinity group

Section III. Municipality's Services & Programs

A. Discrimination prevention & redress:

  • Human relations commission
  • Mayoral LGBTQ liaison or mayoral office of LGBTQ affairs

B. School districts in city have anti-bullying policies enumerated to include:

  • On the basis of sexual orientation
  • On the basis of gender identity

BONUS: Municipal services reach vulnerable populations:

  • Enforcement mechanism in human relations commission
  • LGBTQ elderly
  • LGBTQ homeless
  • People who are HIV+ or living with AIDS
  • LGBTQ youth
  • Transgender community

Section IV. Municipality as Law Enforcement

  • Police LGBTQ task force or LGBTQ liaison
  • Police reported 2014 hate crimes data to the FBI

Section V. Municipalitiy's Relationship to the LGBTQ Community

A. Leadership's public position on LGBTQ equality:

  • Please describe statements that city leadership has made regarding LGBTQ equality (for and/or against), and detail any recent local legislative efforts that have been made regarding LGBTQ issues.
  • Participation in pride
  • Partnership with LGBTQ advocacy groups
  • Other engagement with LGBTQ issues

B. Leadership's pro-equality legislative or policy efforts:

  • Please describe how actively the city has been pursuing pro-equality legislation or policies. This includes ordinances introduced, whether passed or not, city policies, as well as pro-equality city council resolutions.

BONUS: Open LGBTQ elected or appointed municipal leaders:

  • Please list their names and titles

BONUS: City tests limits of restrictive state law:

  • If a city resides in a Dillon's Rule state, please describe an example of the city testing restrictive state law

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Thank you for recognizing the importance and power of municipal law and working to effect change in your community. If you have questions about this form or the MEI in general, please contact us at If you've submitted the appropriate supporting documentation, we will respond to your request for evaluation as soon as possible.