Minneapolis and Saint Paul Announce Perfect Scores on the HRC Municipal Equality Index
December 17, 2015(TWIN CITIES)—Mayors Betsy Hodges and Chris Coleman today announced Minneapolis and Saint Paul have received perfect scores in the 2015 Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index. The index evaluates how inclusive cities' laws, policies, and services are of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Minneapolis and Saint Paul also had perfect scores in 2014.
"We should all take pride in the momentous strides toward LGBTQ equity Minneapolis has made in recent years," said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. "Our City has long been a leader in its recognition and protection of LGBT people but we must not rest on our laurels. There is much work to be done and much progress to be made and I am committed to being a partner in that work.
"From marriage equality to transgender rights, the progress we have made in the fight for equality for people of all sexual orientations is amazing," said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. "Saint Paul has long been a leader in supporting the rights of LGBT employees, individuals, and visitors. I could not be more proud of our efforts to support freedom and fairness for all residents and families."
The scorecard includes ratings on non-discrimination laws such as employment, housing, and public accommodations; municipalities' nondiscrimination policies as employers; efforts to promote LGBT city services such as Human Rights Commissions, LGBT liaisons to city executives and law enforcement, and anti-bullying policies in schools; and finally, city actions to include LGBT individuals in leadership positions and pro-LGBT equality legislative efforts.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization, with 1.5 million members and supporters in the United States. The group works for equity and social welfare among LGBT communities across the nation.