Mayfield CharlotteYesterday, Charlotte City Council member and President of the National League of Cities' GLBTLO (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials) LaWana Mayfield visited HRC’s office in D.C.

Mayfield discussed the important role that GLBTLO and other constituency groups of the National League of Cities (NLC) play. As part of the NLC, GLBTLO works to address issues that affect underrepresented populations that contribute to the success of America's cities and towns.

LaWana Mayfield is currently serving her second term on the Charlotte City Council. She was first elected in 2011.  In addition to her leadership at NLC's GLBTLO, Mayfield is also Secretary of the North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign.

HRC worked closely with Mayfield and other allies in an effort to pass needed protections for LGBT Charlotteans.  While that effort came up short, HRC remains steadfast in our commitment to add needed protections for LGBT residents of America's 17th most populous city.

For over 90 years, the NLC has educated municipal leaders, provided technical assistance, and advocated in our nation's capital on behalf of cities and towns across America. HRC is proud to support the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Local Officials of GLBTLO/NLC.

Charlotte received a score of 63 on HRC’s Municipal Equality Index  (MEI). The 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.

The 2014 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) proves that America’s cities are leading the charge in the fight for LGBT equality. To see how your city ranked, visit 

Pictured above: HRC Deputy Field Director Jeremy Pittman, Council Member Mayfield, HRC Legislative Counsel, State & Municipal Advocacy Kate Oakley and HRC VP for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof.

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