Philly Gets Perfect Score for LGBT Equality from HRC

HRC MEI Index confirms what we already knew: Philly is really, really gay


Earlier in the week, the Human Rights Campaign released the Municipality Equality Index (MEI), the first ever rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal laws. And Philly was one of just 11 cities in the country to achieve a perfect 100, and had the best score of the ten largest cities. Seattle was the only city with an overall higher score.

According to the report, Philly achieved 18 out of 18 points for Non-Discrimination Laws, 12 out of 12 points for Relationship Recognition, 26 out of 26 points for Municipality as an Employer, 18 out of 18 points for Municipal Services & Programs, 18 out of 18 points for Municipality as Law Enforcement, and 8 out of 8 points for Municipality’s Relationship with the LGBT Community.

We’ve always known we’re pretty gay friendly – I mean, how many cities have rainbows on their street signs year round – but this validation from the HRC ranks us over other cities that are often viewed as more LGBT friendly, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.

“Philadelphia is a diverse city that embraces every person, no matter their race, religion, orientation or station in life. Our Administration is dedicated to equal rights for all, from our work through the Human Relations Commission to our LGBT protections and provisions to the Office of LGBT Affairs,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “I am proud that Philadelphia has been recognized for our inclusive policies and commitment to non-discrimination and our continuing fight for equality.”

“We have steadily worked to refine policy and bolster the law with improvements to the Fair Practices Ordinance and to data collection and capacity building on LGBT issues. Our ranking in the Municipal Equality Index reflects this work and demonstrates the ways in which Philadelphia leads on LGBT rights,” said Gloria Casarez, Director of the Office of LGBT Affairs.

Click here to download Philadelphia’s scorecard. To view the entire report, click here.

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