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City Achieves 93 Score on Municipal Equality Index

The initiative examines the inclusivity of laws, policies & services with respect to the LGBTQ community.
Post Date:11/19/2019 1:05 PM

The City earned a total of 93 points in the 8th annual Municipal Equality Index, an initiative of the Human Rights Campaign that examines the inclusivity of laws, policies and services with respect to the LGBTQ community. The Index used 49 different criteria to rate 506 cities across the country. The average score nationally was 60.

“We pride ourselves on being a welcoming community, and I think this rating demonstrates our commitment to that,” said Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman. “Regardless of where you come from, your sexual orientation, or how you identify, we want all people to feel that Gaithersburg is a place where you can comfortably engage with your local government and enjoy freedom of expression.”

In 2019, Gaithersburg established designated LGBTQ Liaisons within the Police Department & the City Manager’s Office. In addition to points for this initiative, the City earned points for non-discrimination laws with respect to employment, housing and public accommodations and having a non-discrimination ordinance in place for City contractors. Points were also awarded for a commitment to report hate crimes to the FBI, for having an inclusive workplace, and for having openly LGBTQ elected or appointed leaders.

The full Municipality Equality Index can be found at https://www.hrc.org/mei. For more information on City of Gaithersburg initiatives, contact Deputy City Manager Dennis Enslinger.

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