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Understanding the Municipality Equality Index

Understanding the Municipality Equality Index

September 14, 2023

This year saw a record-breaking number of cities earning the highest score


The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, in partnership with The Equality Federation, recently released its 10th annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), described as “the nation’s only nationwide assessment of LGBTQ+ equality regarding municipal policies, laws, and services.”

This year, a record-breaking 110 cities earned the highest score of 100, which is up from 11 in 2012, the MEI’s inaugural year.

Other highlights include that:

  • This year, 181 cities have transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for municipal employees – up from 179 in 2020, despite more rigorous standards this year, and only five at the start of the MEI.
  • The national city score average jumped to an all-time high of 67 points, up from 64 last year and 59 in 2012, marking both the fourth consecutive year of national average increases as well as the highest year-over-year national average growth ever.
    • As a marker of the change that ten editions of the MEI have brought, cities rated by the MEI in 2012 averaged 59 points then; in 2021, those cities averaged 85 points. 
    • 11 cities scored 100 points in the 2012 MEI; ten times that number did so in 2021, the tenth edition. 
  • Cities around the country saw progress, with every region of the country seeing a higher average score than last year. 
  • 43 municipalities have anti-conversion therapy ordinances in states with no state-level protections, up from 38 last year.

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This article was prepared by FMeX.

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