Cleveland Earns Top Score of 100 for the 4th Year on Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index

Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced today the City of Cleveland earned the highest score achievable, a “100” on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2021 Municipal Equality Index (“MEI”). Today, HRC – America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality – released their annual report that reflects municipal equality from 506 cities across the country. This is the fourth year in a row the City of Cleveland has achieved a Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score of 100. In 2021, Cleveland was among a record-setting 110 cities across the nation that earned a perfect score with 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 recognizing our work to be a more diverse, inclusive and equitable city,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “We will continue to ensure that our laws, policies and services help make Cleveland a welcoming community for all.”

Mayor Jackson has helped policies move forward in the City such as the domestic partner registry in 2008; Ordinance 1446-13 that allows transgender citizens to use the restroom that conforms with their gender identity; financial & political support to bring the 2014 International Gay Games to Cleveland and much more.

Today, HRC recognizes our City with all of our inclusive work and efforts in collaboration with the LGBTQ+ community that has earned us a perfect score for 2021.

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of HRC’s first edition of the Municipal Equality Index.  This is the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law, policy and services.

“In reflecting on HRC’s 10-year history of the Municipal Equality Index score, I am heartened by the progress Cleveland and many other small, medium and large cities in Ohio and across the United States have achieved with advancing LGBTQ+ protections & equality,” said Kevin Schmotzer, LGBTQ+ Liaison to the City of Cleveland. “More work needs to be done.  I am proud to call Cleveland home but Ohio is one of 27 states with no statewide laws protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.  I look forward to being part of the work in our community with other local and state advocates to continue to advance equal rights and protections for LGBTQ+ people where it matters most…. the place we call home.”