Los Angeles Tops LGBT Equality Survey For 3rd Consecutive Year

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that the Human Rights Campaign has graded the City of Los Angeles with a perfect score of 100 on its annual Municipal Equality Index, in recognition of the city's support of the LGBT people who live and work here. L.A. has nabbed top billing every year since the survey’s rollout in 2012.

“L.A. and its people know that our differences are our greatest strength. It’s a place where people can proudly live and pursue their dreams with a sense of pride enhanced by our diversity, creativity, and tolerance. We're a global example, and I’m proud of that,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Using the Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the civil rights organization rates all 50 state capitals, the 150 largest cities in the United States, the three largest cities or municipalities in each state, the city home to the state’s largest public university (including undergraduate and graduate enrollment) and 75 cities and municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples.

According to the organization, The MEI rates cities based on 47 criteria falling under six broad categories:

  1. Non-discrimination laws

  2. Relationship recognition

  3. Municipal employment policies, including transgender-inclusive insurance coverage and non-discrimination requirements for contractors

  4. Inclusiveness of city services
Law enforcement

  6. Municipal leadership on matters of equality

For more information visit: www.hrc.org/mei.