Eleven of 137 U.S. cities evaluated scored a perfect 100 on the first-ever Municipal Equality Index released today by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, in partnership with the Equality Federation and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute.
Among the cities with perfect scores were Boston, St. Louis and Long Beach, Calif., site of this week’s LGBT Leaders 2012 conference.
According to HRC:
The MEI rates cities based on 47 criteria falling under six broad categories: non-discrimination laws; relationship recognition; the municipality’s employment practices; inclusiveness of city services; law enforcement; and municipal leadership. Key findings from the MEI create a snapshot of LGBT equality in 137 municipalities of varying sizes drawn from every state in the nation – these include the 50 state capitals, the 50 most populous cities in the country, and the 25 large, 25 mid-size, and 25 small municipalities with the highest proportion of same-sex couples. Seattle and other 100-point cities serve as shining examples of LGBT inclusivity, with excellent policies ranging from non-discrimination laws, equal employee benefits, and cutting-edge city services.
Go here to read the rankings and to download a copy of the MEI.