The Human Rights Campaign recognized the City of San Diego as a leader in LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices by giving it the highest possible score.
For the sixth consecutive year, the city earned a perfect score — 100 — on the Washington, DC-based campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index.
Los Angeles also received a perfect score, but Riverside, the biggest city in Riverside County, earned a 91 and Irvine, Orange County’s largest, a 92. By comparison, in the conservative southern states, Houston, TX, received a score of 70 and Jackson, MS, a 75.
“San Diego has long been a place that strives to be inclusive of all people and this score shows our commitment to leading the fight for equality in the workplace,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “Our LGBTQ community members are a vital part of our organization and we will continue to set a shining example for other municipalities in the policies and protections we extend to all employees.”
San Diego earned a perfect score in each category: non-discrimination laws, municipality as employer, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQ equality. The city also earned bonus points for city employee domestic partner benefits, city services for LGBTQ youth, homeless and elders, as well as providing services to the transgender community.
“San Diego has long stood as a model for the rest of the nation when it comes to LGBTQ issues and community,” said Fernando Z. López Jr., executive director of San Diego Pride. “Mayor Kevin Faulconer exemplified that tradition when earlier this year he boldly announced his support of passing the Equality Act as a critically important and non-partisan step that our country needs to make to ensure the health and safety of our LGBTQ community in all 50 states.”
The Human Rights Campaign’s report, released Nov. 19, reviewed 506 municipalities of varying sizes from every state in the nation, with a combined population of more than 94 million.
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