Philadelphia, December 17, 2015 – The City of Philadelphia was awarded a perfect score for LGBT equality in the 2015 edition of the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index: A Nationwide Evaluation of Municipal Law, which is a ranking of governmental law, policy and measures cities take to ensure LGBT inclusion in service delivery to its residents. Each city is evaluated on criteria under five categories: non-discrimination laws; municipality as an employer; municipal services; law enforcement; and relationship with the LGBT community.
“I am proud that the City of Philadelphia received another perfect score for LGBT law and policy of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Philadelphia values its residents, employees and visitors, and promotes fair, equitable treatment for all. For decades, Philadelphia has been a leader on the forefront of LGBT equality. This perfect score confirms our good work in this area.”
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans. Philadelphia was the highest scoring city of the ten largest cities and the highest scoring city without state legal protections or marriage-equality legislation.
To view the full report, log on to http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/municipal-equality-index.