Life seems pretty good for South Florida’s large gay population . Well at least we like to think that life is pretty good and progressive.However it looks like we have work to do according to a new Human Rights Campaign report.
The MEI (Municipal Equality Index) rated cities based on 47 criteria falling under 6 broad categories: 1-non-discrimination laws 2-relationship recognition 3-the municipality’s employment practices 4-inclusiveness of city services 5-law enforcement 6- municipalities leadership.
The Human Rights Campaign released its first Municipal Equality Index today, and rated 137 U.S. cities from all 50 states based on their policies are to LGBT people. Of the 137 there were 11 cities that scored 100 and none were in Florida.
With the 11 cities that scored 100 four were in California: Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Fransisco and two were Massachusetts: Cambridge & Boston. The remaining four were: St.Louis, Missouri, New York, New York, Portland, Oregon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Seattle, Washington.
The Sunshine states highest score was not even in South Florida and was Orlando with 77 points. Miami came in at 72 then Fort Lauderdale & Wilton Manors each scored 62. Then the city of Oakland Park was at 54 points and Hollywood with a dismal 36. The city of Miami Shores was even lower with only 28 points.
The southern cities with the highest scores were Austin,Texas with 91 points followed by Atlanta, Georgia with 82 points.