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Three PA cities score 100% on Equality Index; but what about the rest?

Today, Equality Pennsylvania officials joined our partners at the Human Rights Campaign, City of Pittsburgh LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council, Mayor Bill Peduto, and Pennsylvania Physician General and Acting Secretary of Health Rachel Levine at the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh as the Steel City celebrated receiving a HRC Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score of 100% for the first time.  The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership’s public position on equality.

Equality Pennsylvania Education Fund Board President Tricia Dougherty said, “We’re especially proud of Pittsburgh for amplifying the voices of LGBTQ folks through engagement like the [Mayor’s LGBTQIA+] advisory council and through access to critical services like healthcare plans that cover transition-related care… Pittsburgh is cementing itself as an an LGBTQ inclusive city and as a model city for other municipalities in the commonwealth and across the country.  In a landscape where federal and state protections are nonexistant and new threats are appearing almost daily, municipalities are one of the few places where people can gain needed protections.”

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The 2017 MEI report that was released the same day ranked nine other Pennsylvania cities. Allentown and Philadelphia also scored 100% while other Pennsylvania municipalities didn’t fare as well with Harrisburg at 56% and Erie at 39%. Equality Pennsylvania remains committed to helping municipalities raise their scores. In some cases, this might be a municipal ordinance, in others it may be working with your local administration on proactive policy changes. Let us know how we can help!

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