Currently, the MEI rates 506 cities from all across the country. In 2012, this project began with just 137 municipalities. Though the MEI’s reach is far and wide, our general selection criteria may not capture some cities that wish to be rated. This is why we created a self-submit process to allow cities that do not fall under our selection criteria to receive a rating.
In 2021, Dublin, CA; Laguna Beach, CA; New Rochelle, NY; Miami Beach, FL; Wellington, FL; West Palm Beach, FL; and Port Townsend, WA submitted their cities for rating and their full scorecards can be found on the See Your City's Score page among the 506 cities annually rated.
City leadership who wish to have their city’s laws and policies assessed according to MEI standards can send an email to The MEI Team with all of the relevant documentation needed to justify credit for each criterion. 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 2021 MEI Standards for Credit, click here.
To submit a municipality to be rated, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Self Submit: [City, State]. 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.
A. City prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in:
B. City prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in:
Flex: All-Gender Single Occupancy Facilities
Flex: Protects Youth From Conversion Therapy
A. City has a policy of non-discrimination for its employees on the basis of:
B. City has transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for its employees:
C. City requires all contractors to have a non-discrimination ordinance or policy on the basis of:
D. City provides an inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ employees in:
LGBTQ+-inclusive diversity training
LGBTQ+ employee resource group
Flex: Domestic Benefits for Same- and Different Sex Couples for City Employees:
A. Human Relations Commission (County or City)
B. Enforcement Mechanism of NDO by the Human Relations Commission (County or City):
C. Mayoral LGBTQ+ Liaison or Mayoral Office of LGBTQ Affairs:
Flex: Youth Prevention Policy for Youth-Facing City Services:
Flex: City Provides/Supports Services For Vulnerable Populations:
LGBTQ+ people experiencing homelessness
LGBTQ+ older adults
People who are living with HIV or AIDS
Police LGBTQ+ task force or liaison
Police Reported 2019 Hate Crimes Data to the FBI
A. Leadership's public position on LGBTQ+ equality:
Please describe statements that the 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 or proclamations.
Flex: Openly LGBTQ+ elected or appointed municipal leaders:
Please list their names and titles
Flex: City Tests Limits of Restrictive State Law:
If a city resides in a state with a preemption law, please describe an example of the city pushing back against the restrictive state law
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 email@example.com. If you've submitted the appropriate supporting documentation, we will respond to your request for evaluation as soon as possible.