For the fourth consecutive year in a row, Atlanta leads the state of Georgia with top scores on LGBT equality.
The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is an annual report that reviews cities’ commitment to LGBT equality on the basis of five criteria: Non-discrimination laws, employment protections and benefits, city services, law enforcement, and elected leaders’ relationship with the LGBT community.
Cities then receive a score from zero to one hundred. In fact, the scorecard explicitly indicated that municipal ratings “cannot exceed 100.”
But this year, Atlanta managed to exceed a perfect 100% rating. With a final score of 104, the city received bonus points for having openly LGBT elected officials, and for the implementation of an enforcement mechanism within its Human Rights Commission, which was created to investigate and resolve complaints regarding discrimination.
Savannah, Georgia has made significant strides on LGBT inclusion in the past year—more than doubling its score from 19 to 44. The city earned major points for its new non-discrimination ordinance, which protects LGBT city employees and passed with unanimous support.
Extending those protections to all LGBT residents and visitors would earn Savannah 30 additional points and put it in a strong position to become the second city in the Peach State to win a perfect score on LGBT equality.SHARE THIS STORY