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LGBT support: Minneapolis and St. Paul rank high in national assessment

A survey of nearly 300 cities found Minneapolis and St. Paul at the top; Rochester, the other Minnesota city in the mix, didn’t fare as well.

Minneapolis and St. Paul fared extremely well in a national survey of how cities support LGBT people who live and work there.

Minneapolis scored 100 on the scale, the highest possible score, and St. Paul had 96 in the survey done in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2013 Municipal Equality Index.

The group surveyed 291 cities around the country, looking at such things as non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition and municipality as employer. It also factored in the way some cities are hampered by state-imposed limitations.

Rochester, the only other Minnesota included in the survey, scored 66, which was higher than the average for all cities of 57.

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Twenty-five cities scored 100.

The report says studies show that cities with vibrant gay communities have “higher levels of income, life satisfaction, housing values and emotional attachment to their city, as well as higher concentrations of high-tech business.”