Stamford Is Perfect! City Achieved Top Score On Equality Index
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its seventh annual Municipality Equality Index (MEI), rating a cities LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law, policy, and services. While the HRC had noted that the MEI had “changed dramatically” for 2018, a record number of cities have recorded perfect scores, 78, up from just 11 when the MEI was first introduced. Among the cities that achieved a perfect score was Stamford.
The MEI is scored across five categories: Non-Discrimination Laws, Municipality as Employer, Municipal Services, Law Enforcement, and Leadership on LGBTQ Equality. Points are awarded in each category on criteria such as whether a city has non-discrimination ordinances or a LGBTQ Police Liasion or Task Force.
Only 506 cities were judged, which included the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state, the cities home to the state’s two largest public universities, and 75 municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples. An additional 98 cities were selected by HRC and Equality Federation state group members and supporters.
Others near perfect back to top
Of the towns and cities that were rated in Connecticut, only Stamford scored perfectly across all the categories, but a few other municipalities had beat the national average of 58. Hartford was nearly perfect with a score of 91. New Britain and New Haven had scores of 83, and Norwalk had a 71.
In a press release noting the increasing success of municipalities to protect their LGBTQ citizens, HRC President Chad Griffing said: “From San Antonio, Texas to Brookings, South Dakota -- this year’s MEI again proves that there are no barriers to municipal LGBTQ equality for a city with dedicated, pro-equality elected officials. Forward-looking leaders across the U.S. are stepping up, protecting their youth from so-called ‘conversion therapy,’ increasing anti-bullying protections, ensuring transgender city employees have access to inclusive health care benefits and protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in all areas of life.”