The City of Los Angeles has been recognized as a national leader in advancing LGBTQ rights for a fifth consecutive year, earning a perfect score on the 2016 Municipality Equality Index (MEI) scorecard released Monday by the Human Rights Campaign.
“Everyone in Los Angeles has the right to live freely, openly, and without discrimination — and the City should always be working to make sure that our policies and services reflect those values,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “At a time when other cities and states are passing laws that make life harder for the LGBTQ Americans, L.A. is showing how we can be partners in creating more just and equitable communities.”
The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) rates 506 cities across the nation on their inclusivity of LGBTQ people in terms of laws, policies, and services. The score reflects an evaluation of non-discrimination laws within the city, the workplace, and in law enforcement. The MEI also examines the city’s commitment to ensuring full equality for the LGBT community.