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
Iowa— Davenport, Iowa City
Massachusetts—Boston, Cambridge, Worcester
Michigan—Detroit, East Lansing
Minnesota—Minneapolis, Saint Paul
Missouri— Kansas City, St. Louis
Nevada— Las Vegas
New Jersey— Jersey City
New York— New York, Rochester, Yonkers
Ohio— Cincinnati, Columbus
Rhode Island— Providence
Texas— Austin, Dallas
Washington— Bellevue, Olympia, Seattle
Keep up the good work!