New Report: Most LGBT Friendly U.S. Cities

On Thursday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its annual Municipal Equality Index, naming the best cities of LGBT individuals to live and work in the U.S. In order to compile their report, the HRC researched all 50 state capitals, the country’s 200 most populated cities, and the 5 largest cities in each of the states.

Forty-seven cities earned a perfect 100 score, which is progress since in 2014, only 38 cities attained this achievement. In order to earn a perfect score, cities had to prove that they had exemplary LGBT policies, ranging from non-discrimination laws to equal employee benefits, as well as provide strong support and connections to the LGBT community. What is also pleasantly surprising is that every region of the U.S. had a least one city that scored a 100.

Which cities received a perfect LGBT score?

Arizona – Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson

California— Cathedral City, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, West Hollywood

Florida—Orlando, St. Petersburg, Wilton Manors


Illinois— Chicago

Indiana— Bloomington

Iowa— Davenport, Iowa City

Kentucky— Louisville


Massachusetts—Boston, Cambridge, Worcester

Michigan—Detroit, East Lansing

Minnesota—Minneapolis, Saint Paul

Missouri— Kansas City, St. Louis

Montana— Missoula

Nevada— Las Vegas

New Jersey— Jersey City

New York— New York, Rochester, Yonkers

Ohio— Cincinnati, Columbus

Oregon— Portland

Pennsylvania— Philadelphia

Rhode Island— Providence

Texas— Austin, Dallas

Washington— Bellevue, Olympia, Seattle

Wisconsin— Madison

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