San Diego and two other local cities were among those with the highest scores in a survey of the nation’s best places for the inclusion of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and homosexuals in municipal laws and policies.
Some cities, like San Diego, Chula Vista, and Oceanside, have earned bonus points for things like having openly LGBTQ elected officials, offering benefits to national partners, and providing services to youth and individuals. elderly.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s municipal equality index scored 506 cities nationwide; 110 got the best scores of 100.
The only other local city measured was Escondido, which scored 60 points.
The index examines municipal laws, policies and services and assesses them in terms of their inclusion of the LGBTQ people who live and work there.
Examples highlighted in the 2021 report include:
- protection of young people from conversion therapy
- non-discrimination in employment in the city
- workplace inclusion
- availability of health care services including transgender people
- LGBTQ connections to the city’s executive office and police department
San Diego received top marks in all major categories including non-discrimination laws, municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and LGBTQ equality leadership.
Escondido has been particularly lagging behind in the areas of municipal services and leadership.
The 2021 index had the most top-rated cities in its history, the highest overall average and the highest growth in any region of the country.
This year, a total of 16 California cities achieved the highest score of 100, including Long Beach, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“It is an honor for our city to be recognized for its unwavering commitment to the LGBTQ community for the 10th consecutive year,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are very proud of our efforts and fully committed to ensuring that Long Beach remains a place where everyone – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – is welcome.”
The number of cities that scored 100 points was up from 94 last year. Nationally, the city’s average score was 67 points.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the largest civil rights organization working for the equality of LGBTQ Americans.
– Staff and son reports