The cities of Rockville, Md. and Columbia, Md., acquired good scores of 100 and Arlington County, Va. acquired a rating of 92, making them the very best scoring municipalities within the D.C. metropolitan space included within the simply launched 2018 LGBT Municipal Equality Index scores.
The annual scores are ready collectively by the nationwide LGBT rights teams Human Rights Marketing campaign Basis and the Equality Federation Institute. The 2 teams say the MEI represents the one nationwide score system for LGBT supportive legal guidelines, insurance policies, and providers supplied by municipalities equivalent to cities and counties.
D.C. isn’t included within the MEI scores as a result of the 2 teams classify D.C. as a state and embody it of their separate State Equality Index. The State Equality Index doesn’t assign a numerical score however reveals D.C. to be among the many states with essentially the most LGBT supportive legal guidelines, insurance policies and providers.
In a joint assertion launched on Monday, the HRC Basis and the Equality Federation Institute stated the 2018 MEI consists of extra and extra stringent standards than previous years to ensure that a municipality to obtain a excessive rating. Among the many newer standards was inclusion of “single-user” services equivalent to bogs and locker rooms in public locations to accommodate transgender individuals and insurance policies or legal guidelines banning so-called conversion remedy for minors.
Different new standards embody assurances that the municipality didn’t go legal guidelines “licensing discrimination in opposition to the LGBTQ neighborhood” equivalent to so-called non secular freedom legal guidelines that enable companies to refuse to promote providers or merchandise to LGBT individuals on non secular grounds.
“However even with these extra stringent MEI necessities, cities and municipalities are assembly and exceeding our requirements with revolutionary measures to guard LGBTQ individuals,” a press release launched by the 2 teams says. “A report 78 cities earned good scores for advancing LGBTQ-inclusive legal guidelines and insurance policies – up from 68 in 2017 and 11 in 2012, the primary 12 months of the MEI,” the assertion says.
In Maryland, different cities chosen for MEI scores and their respective scores have been: Frederick: 100; Towson: 91; Baltimore: 89; School Park: 86; Gaithersburg: 59; Annapolis: 59; Bowie: 58; and Hagerstown: 38.
In Virginia, different cities included within the scores and their scores have been: Richmond: 94; Alexandria: 82; Charlottesville: 75; Virginia Seaside: 50; and Norfolk: 43.
In Delaware, the longtime LGBT-friendly metropolis of Rehoboth Seaside acquired a score of 58 in comparison with Wilmington, which acquired an 87 score, the very best rating among the many Delaware municipalities included within the MEI. The opposite Delaware cities included within the score system have been: Milford: 60; Newark: 56; Dover: 54; Smyrna: 43; Bethany Seaside: 37; and Middletown: 30.