The Best and Worst Cities to Live In if You’re LGBTQAdmin
The Human Rights Campaign has released its annual ranking of cities based on how inclusive they are to the LGBTQ people who live and work there.
They rated 408 cities on the Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which looks at the city’s non-discrimination laws, employment policies, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement (including hate crimes reporting) and municipal leadership on matters of equality.
And first, the good news: Since 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has quadrupled. There were 47 cities that scored 100 out of 100.
HRC noted the “All-Star” cities on this list, which racked up perfect scores in spite of not being in states with fully-inclusive LGBTQ non-discrimination laws. Snaps to Louisville, Kentucky; Detroit, Michigan; and Bloomington, Indiana, which all made that list of 31 “All-Stars.” (You can look up your own city’s score here.)
The bad news is, every state still has a ton of room for improvement.
“While this has been an historic year for equality, we are constantly reminded of just how far we still have to go,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “In too many communities, LGBTQ Americans continue to face barriers to equality, overt discrimination, and even violence. We believe those challenges make full equality and strong legal protections all the more important, and today’s report makes clear that hundreds of local communities throughout all 50 states wholeheartedly agree.”
Six places scored an abysmal score of zero: Auburn, Alabama; Sitka, Alaska; Southaven, Mississippi; College Station, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; and Mesquite, Texas. That means they have no policies in place protecting the employment of LGBTQ workers, as well as no non-discrimination laws.
As far as bigger cities go, Wichita, Kansas, scored a 21; Jacksonville, Florida, got a 26; and Oklahoma City, got a 29.
Here’s hoping those cities make it their New Year’s resolution to do better in 2016.