The Human Rights Campaign, in partnership with the Equality Federation, released its fifth annual Municipal Equality Index last Monday. The index aims to score cities based on LGBTQ-inclusive legislation.
Based on size and census data, the Human Rights Campaign selected 506 cities across the country for rating. This year, a record 60 cities nationwide, none of which were in North Carolina, scored a full 100 points and 86 cities offered their city employees at least one transgender-inclusive health care plan.
None of the 10 North Carolina cities that were scored, including Chapel Hill, received any of the 30 potential points for nondiscrimination laws.
Xavier Persad, legislative counsel for the Human Rights Campaign, said these scores don’t comment on individual experience or quality of life, but aim to focus on existing laws and policy.
“It’s about creating a road map for equality for our cities and advocates on the ground to be able to see exactly what can be done to further equal rights in their communities," Persad said. "It’s also to make folks aware of what protections exist and what’s left to be done.”