Minneapolis and St. Paul each received top scores in a Human Rights Campaign survey of how cities interact with LGBT people.
Each of the Twin Cities received 100 points in the survey of how cities implement policies that range from “non-discrimination laws and equal employee benefits, to cutting-edge city services and strong relationships with the LGBT community.”
Forty-seven cities earned the top marks, out of 408 surveyed around the country.
Minneapolis and St. Paul also received perfect scores in the survey last year. Both mayors were proud.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said:
We should all take pride in the momentous strides toward LGBTQ equity Minneapolis has made in recent years. Our City has long been a leader in its recognition and protection of LGBT people but we must not rest on our laurels. There is much work to be done and much progress to be made and I am committed to being a partner in that work.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said:
From marriage equality to transgender rights, the progress we have made in the fight for equality for people of all sexual orientations is amazing. Saint Paul has long been a leader in supporting the rights of LGBT employees, individuals, and visitors. I could not be more proud of our efforts to support freedom and fairness for all residents and families.
Cities in neighboring states that earned 100 points were: Davenport and Iowa City in Iowa, and Madison, Wisconsin.
The Human Rights Campaign said it has compiled its Municipal Equity Index since 2012, when 11 cities got top scores; 25 cities were top-ranked in 2013 and 38 cities in 2014.
The group says:
These cities are proving that they can ensure equality even in states that are lagging behind in enacting LGBT-inclusive laws and policies. MEI examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.