What are the nation’s most gay-friendly cities? The Human Rights Campaign’s first Municipal Equality Index (MEI) rates the public policies and legal rights of LGBT citizens in 137 U.S. cities in 50 states on 47 criteria, and 11 cities scored a perfect 100. Some of them aren’t all that surprising — Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco — all in Cali; Seattle and progressive Portland, Ore. in the Pacific Northwest; Boston/Cambridge, Philly and of course New York City in the East. The outlier that pleased us, though? St. Louis, Mo.
They also flag a few other high-scoring cities:
A number of other cities scored 95 or above, including Berkeley, Palm Springs and West Hollywood, Calif.; Denver; Chicago; Hartford, Conn.; Albany, N.Y.; and Madison, Wisc.
However, there are a few you may want to think twice about:
Those in the single digits are Jackson, Miss. and Avondale Estates, Ga. (8), Pleasant Ridge, Mich. (3), and Baton Rouge, La. and Cheyenne, Wyo. (2). And at zero? Well, there are two: Montgomery, Ala. and Frankfort, Ky. There’s something sad about a state that’s abbreviated “KY” doing so poorly with gay rights.
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