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Submit a Municipality to Be Rated

Filed under: State & Local Advocacy

If there’s a municipality not captured in the Municipal Equality Index selection criteria that you believe should be rated, you can submit the supporting documentation via email as a part of the self-submit process. We will work with you to evaluate the municipality. 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 2018 MEI Standards for Credit, click here.

To submit a municipality to be rated, please email mei@hrc.org 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.


City*

State*

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

Bonus: All-Gender Single Occupancy Facilities

  • Yes
  • No

Bonus: Protects Youth From Conversion Therapy

  • Yes
  • No

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

D. City provides an inclusive workplace for LGBTQ employees in:

  • LGBTQ-inclusive recruitment

  • LGBTQ-inclusive diversity training

  • LGBTQ employee affinity group

Bonus: Domestic Benefits for Same- and Different Sex Couples for City Employees:

  • Yes
  • No

Section III. Municipality's Services & Programs

A. Human Relations Commission (County or City)

  • Yes
  • No

B. Enforcement Mechanism of NDO by the Human Relations Commission (County or City):

  • Yes
  • No

C. Mayoral LGBTQ Liaison or Mayoral Office of LGBTQ Affairs:

  • Yes
  • No

Bonus: Youth Prevention Policy for Youth-Facing City Services:

  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity

 

BONUS: City Services For Vulnerable Populations:

  • LGBTQ youth

  • LGBTQ homeless

  • LGBTQ elders

  • People who are living with HIV or AIDS

  • Transgender community

Section IV. Municipality as Law Enforcement

  • Police LGBTQ task force or liaison

  • Police Reported 2016 Hate Crimes Data to the FBI


Section V. Municipality'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 state with a preemption law, please describe an example of the city pushing back against the restrictive state law


*Please provide this information

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 mei@hrc.org. If you've submitted the appropriate supporting documentation, we will respond to your request for evaluation as soon as possible.