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

In this year’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI), 31 municipalities across the country earned a hat-tip for their high scores in states without supportive LGBT laws.

These cities are proving that they can ensure equality even in states that are lagging behind in enacting LGBT-inclusive laws and policies. New top-scoring cities this year include Louisville, Kentucky; Detroit, Michigan; and Bloomington, Indiana.

Cities that score above 85 without relying on good state law (non-discrimination) make the cut for MEI All-Stars

The 2015 MEI – which rated a total of 408 cities from every state in the nation -- 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 earn the title of MEI All star?

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • East Lansing, Michigan
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Missoula, Montana
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Tempe, Arizona
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Wilton Manors, Florida
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Ferndale, Michigan
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Indianapolis,  Indiana
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Alexandria, Virginia
  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Arlington County, Virginia
  • Oakland Park, Florida 

Filed under: State & Local Advocacy

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