News Release: Human Rights Campaign
WASHINGTON — A report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in America’s cities by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, rated 291 cities across the nation, including 15 cities in Florida. The 2013 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is the second edition of the only nationwide rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law.
This year’s index finds that cities across the country, including in Florida, continued to prove that municipalities will act to support equality for LGBT people, even where states and the federal government have failed to do so. The MEI was issued in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute. The average score for cities in Florida is 58 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average. Cape Coral scored 10 points, Fort Lauderdale scored 77 points, Hialeah scored 58 points, Hollywood scored 54 points, Jacksonville scored 25 points, Miami scored 67 points, Miami Beach scored 100 points, Miami Shores scored 56 points, Oakland Park scored 85 points, Orlando scored 79 points, Pembroke Pines scored a 43, Port Saint Lucie scored 0 points, St. Petersburg scored 66 points, Tallahassee scored 84 points, Tampa scored 89 points, and Wilton Manors scored 82 points.