A new report on LGBT equality in America’s cities by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, rated 137 cities across the nation, including Salem, Eugene, and Portland. The average score for cities in Oregon is 89 out of 100 points, which exceeds the national average. Salem scored a 76, Eugene scored a 91, and Portland achieved a perfect score of 100 points.
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
- Municipal leadership
“The Municipal Equality Index reflects the progress we are making every day to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality,” said Basic Rights Oregon Executive Director Jeana Frazzini. “But we still have more work to do. We need to win the freedom to marry for everyone. We need policies that increase the safety and well-being of transgender Oregonians. We need to raise the visibility and public support for gay and trans people of color.”
“Advances at the local level are often unheralded, but they are critical to building the momentum we need for statewide and federal victories,” said Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of Equality Federation Institute. “The Municipal Equality Index not only recognizes the remarkable progress that state equality groups and local partners have made in cities and towns across the country, but is a powerful tool to help push local governments to do better.”
The full report, including long form scorecards for every city, and a searchable database, is available online at www.hrc.org/mei.
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