For Fifth Consecutive Year Minneapolis Earns Perfect Score on HRC Municipal Equality Index
October 20, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) — For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Minneapolis has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The index was first published in 2012. Minneapolis has scored a 100 each year since 2013.
“In the current federal political climate, cities get to lead the way in advancing equality for our LGBT residents and visitors,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “That is why respected benchmarks such as the HRC Municipal Equality Index are important. In this case, the MEI indicates that Minneapolis is living up to its progressive values. And, for our business community, these numbers not only point to continued progress in hiring a diverse workforce, they can be used as a recruiting tool themselves.”
The MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBT people who live and work there. Cities are rated on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city leadership’s public position on equality. The 2017 MEI is the sixth annual edition and rates 506 cities on 44 different criteria from every state in the nation.
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, HRC represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
The full scorecard can be viewed here: www.hrc.org/mei.
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Published Oct 23, 2017