ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Mayor Lyda Krewson today announced that for the ninth consecutive year the City of St. Louis has earned a final score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which can be found here.
In addition, as one of the only municipalities in Missouri to receive a score of 100 this year, the HRC has granted the City an “All-Star” designation for excellence in advancing LGBTQ equality locally without relying on explicit state-level protections.
“I’m extremely proud to once again achieve a final score of 100 and an All-Star designation from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. At our very core as a City, we understand our obligation to fostering an environment and setting policy that embraces absolutely everyone regardless of how you identify yourself or who you love. It’s not just the right thing to do, but it sends a message to people and businesses that we are a City that sees you, supports you, and welcomes you,” said Mayor Krewson.
The MEI is a nationwide evaluation of more than 500 cities that uses nearly 50 different criteria to examine how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ individuals who live and work there. Cities are scored based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and city leadership’s public position on issues surrounding equality, diversity, and inclusion.
The 2020 MEI scorecard shows the City of St. Louis received a final score of 100, including points for non-discrimination laws and transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits as an employer. The City also earned bonus points for legislation prohibiting the practice of conversion therapy on gay youth, which Mayor Krewson signed into law in December 2019.
The City of St. Louis is one of only two Missouri municipalities to receive a final score of 100 for 2020, which it has done every year since the inception of the MEI in 2012.
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