Every year, the Human Rights Campaign releases a Municipal Equality Index which dives into municipal laws, policies, and services to score the city’s inclusivity of LGBTQ+ people. Here’s how we did over the last three years:
Let’s break down how we got here… and how that score may change.
This category awards up to 30 points based on whether LGBTQ+ discrimination is prohibited by law in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation. We’ve maintained a score of 30 out of 30 from 2020 to 2023.
Municipality as employer
Cities as employers can achieve up to 28 points by meeting certain guidelines for ensuring an inclusive workplace and benefits. We’ve kept a score of 20 out of 28 from 2020-2023.
Services and programs
This section has 12 available points for the city’s efforts to include LGBTQ+ communities in services and programs. And we’ve scored seven out of 12 the past three years.
This section has 22 available points and looks at the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community.
- 2020 score: 22
- 2021 score: 22
- 2022 score: 12
Leadership on LGBTQ+ equality
This section has eight available points and looks at city leadership’s commitment to advocacy and inclusion. We’ve kept all eight for the last three years.
The past three years suggest that our city’s equality score is trending downwards.While we won’t know our 2023 score until December, now is a good time to reflect on current laws and policies that affect LGBTQ+ communities.
Here are some recommendations from the HRC for how we could increase our 2022 score: The police department could reinstate its LGBTQ+ Liaison and/or Task Force present 2020-2021. And the city could provide services to the transgender community, LGBTQ+ older adults and those experiencing homelessness.
If you want to get involved, here are some local organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community.