San Diego continues to be the strongest of the most southern cities in Southern California for LGBT inclusion.
Each year for the last five, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) releases their Municipal Equality Index (MEI). This metric rates US cities on their non-discrimination laws, municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and relationship with the LGBT community.
This year San Diego received a perfect score of 100, plus an extra 10-points for the City’s enhancement of services for LGBT youth, elderly, and its inclusion of diversity in the workplace.
Councilmember Todd Gloria says that he is proud of the work San Diego has done to be a nationwide leader in promoting equality.
“Our region has benefited from a history of strong LGBTQ leadership and though we have come a long way, we must always look for ways to improve to ensure every person is afforded their basic rights, respect, and dignity,” said Gloria.
However only 87 miles north of America’s Finest City, Orange County scored some of the lowest numbers in Southern California, with The City of Orange scoring 71, Irvine scoring 83 and Huntington Beach only getting 63.
“We have seen time and time again that cities can play a major role in developing policies to advance inclusion and equality in the communities we represent and as a major employer,” said Councilmember Gloria. “I am confident that San Diego will continue to serve as a model for the rest of the country in fighting for equality for all of its residents and I am grateful I have been able to advance legislation that met those goals during my time serving our great City.”
The City of San Diego has received a perfect MEI score every year since the metric was first introduced in 2012.
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reached out to Mayor Kevin Faulconer. He says he is very proud of the HRC's continued recognition of the city.
“San Diegans know that diversity is one of our greatest strengths and it is an honor to be recognized as a national leader for LGBTQ equality," he told SDGLN. "Our fifth perfect score in a row is a testament to our City’s continued efforts to build a better future for every person regardless of orientation or gender identity.”
You can see a complete list of the HRC’s Municipal Equality Index by clicking HERE.