Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index: A Perfect Score For Long Beach
2013-11-22 · By Editor
For two years in a row, the City Of Long Beach has been named one of the best cities in the nation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion in municipal law and policy. Long Beach was one of only 25 cities nationwide to achieve a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI).
“The City Of Long Beach is extremely proud of its diversity and inclusiveness,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “Our commitment to LGBT rights is a major component of respecting the civil rights of all individuals in Long Beach.”
Long Beach has long recognized LGBT rights in its municipal laws and policies. Examples highlighted in the report include the Contractor Non-Discrimination Ordinance, the Equal Benefits Ordinance, availability of Domestic Partner Health Benefits, the Human Relations Commission, the City’s engagement with the LGBT community, the Police Department’s LGBT Liaison, City leadership’s public positions regarding LGBT equality, the City Council’s pro-equality legislative and policy efforts, and the City’s openly LGBT leadership.
The 2013 MEI rates 291 municipalities drawn from every state in the nation on the basis of how inclusive their laws and policies are of LGBT people. These laws and policies include non-discrimination laws, equal employee benefits, relationship recognition, inclusive city services and leadership on matters of equality.
According to the 2013 MEI:
- 10 percent of cities scored over 96 points
- 25 percent scored over 78 points
- The average score was 57 points; half of cities scored over 60 points
- 25 percent of cities scored 35 points or fewer
- 3.5 percent of cities scored 10 points or fewer
- 31 million people live in cities where trans people are protected at the city level alone
The 291 cities rated in the 2013 MEI represent a total population of 77,851,822, up from 137 cities with a total population of 55,853,651 in 2012. Eleven cities received perfect scores in 2012.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The report is available at www.hrc.org/mei.