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Tallahassee Scores Perfect 100 on MEI Index

Tallahassee Scores a perfect score on the Municipal Equality Index

The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership’s public position on equality.

Out of the 506 cities that were scored nationwide, a record breaking 68 cities scored a perfect 100 this year. Four Florida cities achieved this honor: Tallahassee, Wilton Manors, Orlando and St. Petersburg. 

To be a worthwhile survey of cities across states, the MEI must be respectful of how different cities are from one another, therefore the index captures a very comprehensive set of measurables in the index.

Not only did Tallahassee receive a perfect score of 100, Tallahassee has also been designated an “MEI All-Star,” receiving a high score in a state without LGBT supportive laws. Nine cities in Florida share this honor, with scores ranging from 86 to 100.

Overall HRC examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies and services are towards an area’s LGBTQ community. Further information about the Human Rights Campaign can be found at www.hrc.org/mei.

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