Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that the City of Orlando obtained the highest score of 100 on the HRC Foundation’s 2016 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for the third year in a row reflecting the City’s ongoing commitment of preserving an inclusive government that embraces diversity.
MEI is a nationwide report that evaluates 506 cities on their LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices, including non-discrimination laws; municipal employment policies, including transgender-inclusive insurance coverage and non-discrimination requirements for contractors; inclusiveness of City services; law enforcement, including hate crimes reporting and municipal leadership on matters of equality. Orlando is one of the 60 cities in the country to obtain the top score of the MEI.
“It has now been more than four months since the darkest day in our city’s history. In the hours, days and weeks after the Pulse tragedy, Orlando shined with love and compassion,” said Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We showed the world that we are Orlando United. And today, we are proud to celebrate that our community is being recognized for that diversity and inclusiveness.”
“Orlando is very proud of our perfect score on the Municipality Equality Index,” said Commissioner Patty Sheehan. “In the wake of the Pulse tragedy, Orlando showed the world how much we love and respect the LGBTQ community and we are an accepting and welcoming place.”
“In Orlando, progress continues, even in the face of tragedy and heartbreak,” said JoDee Winterhof, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “This is the third year that Orlando has scored a perfect 100 points on the Municipal Equality Index, making it a leader in Florida and the nation. Orlando is a community that demonstrates the power of what can be done when we respect and support each other and local leaders step up on equality for LGBTQ people.”
The City of Orlando has established many local programs, ordinances and laws that benefit the LGBTQ community, including:
To learn more about programs, ordinances and laws that benefit the LGBTQ community, visit http://www.cityoforlando.net/mayor/lgbtq-community
The 2016 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) can be found at http://www.hrc.org/mei