On Wednesday, December 9, Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced the City of Cleveland earned a ‘100’, the highest achievable score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2020 Municipal Equality Index.
HRC is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. Their annual report reflects the hard work of municipal equality from cities across the country. This is the third year in a row the City of Cleveland has achieved a Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score of 100. In 2020, Cleveland was among a record-setting 94 cities across the nation that earned a perfect score, meeting and exceeding HRC’s standards with innovative measures for advancing LGBTQ-inclusive laws and policies.
“The City of Cleveland thanks the Human Rights Campaign for this recognition. Cleveland has a long legacy of inclusion and welcomes people of all backgrounds,” said Mayor Jackson. “Today, HRC recognizes Cleveland’s hard work to be inclusive and our efforts in collaboration with the LGBTQ community that have earned us a perfect score for 2020.”
HRC first completed their research and data collection for the MEI score in 2012. This is the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law, policy and services.