Miami Beach Scores a Perfect 100 in HRC’s Municipal Equality Index
A report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in America’s cities by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, rated 291 cities across the nation, including 15 cities in Florida. The 2013 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is the second edition of the only nationwide rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law.
This year’s index finds that cities across the country, including in Florida, continued to prove that municipalities will act to support equality for LGBT people, even where states and the federal government have failed to do so. The MEI was issued in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute. The average score for cities in Florida is 58 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average.
Miami Beach scored a perfect 100, the only city in the state to do so. Tampa scored 89 points, Oakland Park scored 85, Tallahassee scored 84, Wilton Manors scored 82, Orlando scored 79, Fort Lauderdale scored 77, Miami scored 67, St. Petersburg scored 66, Hialeah scored 58, Miami Shores scored 56, Hollywood scored 54, Pembroke Pines scored 43, Jacksonville scored 25, and Cape Coral scored 10. Port Saint Lucie was the only Florida city that held the dubious distinction of scoring 0 on the MEI.
Key findings from the MEI create a snapshot of LGBT equality in 291 municipalities of varying sizes drawn from every state in the nation - these include the 50 state capitals, the 150 most populous cities in the country, the three largest cities in every state, the city home to each state’s largest public university, and the 25 large, 25 mid-size, and 25 small municipalities with the highest proportion of same-sex couples. Twenty-five cities earned a perfect 100-point score and serve as shining examples of LGBT inclusivity, with excellent policies ranging from non-discrimination laws, equal employee benefits, and cutting-edge city services.
2013 MEI at a glance: