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Austin gets top score in LGBTQ study

City keeps it 100, according to Human Rights Campaign

According to the Human Rights Campaign’s annual report on the inclusiveness of different cities’ policies when it comes to the LGBTQ community, Austin is tops.

The group’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI), according to its website, “examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of the LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality.”

The MEI rates cities throughout the country on a numerical scale; this year, it evaluated 506 municipalities—96 more than in 2015—from every state.

Austin earned a top score of 100 and joined 37 other cities in the HRC’s list of 37 All-Star Cities: those that scored 85 or more on the test.

All 37 All Star Cities cities are located in 13 states; Florida, with eight, had the most.

You can delve more deeply into the MEI at the link below.

Municipal Equality Index [Human Rights Campaign]