WRITTEN BY TOM REHBERG
For the fifth year in a row, New York City received a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s 5th annual Municipal Equality Index.
The index ranks 506 cities across the United States based on its laws, policies and municipal services that it provides for LGBT citizens. The index has a point system, with 100 being the highest score. New York City earned 116 points, resulting in a 116 out of 100 score, which is considered a perfect score.
“NYC is a leader in fostering a City government and citizenry for whom diversity is part of our DNA, creating unparallel inclusion of trans people in city life,” said Jillian Weiss, Executive Director of the Transgender Defense & Education Fund, Inc.
The city earned a perfect score for actions over the past year including the installation of gender-neutral bathrooms, banning non-essential travel to states that have discriminatory laws against LGBT citizens such as Indiana, North Carolina and Mississippi, and introducing legal enforcement guidance on the discrimination of gender identity and expression.
“New York City is the birthplace of the LGBT rights movement and has long been a haven for those who have sought a more welcoming place to live, love and work,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray, co-chair of the Commission on Gender Equality. The city earned 16 bonus points for it’s trans-inclusive workplace policies, the enforcement of the NYC Human Rights Law, and having elected officials who are openly LGBT.
“New York City prides itself in being an inclusive city for all, regardless of who they love or how they identify,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are honored to receive this perfect score and are committed to continuing the fight for equality for every community across this great city.”