Last updated on November 14, 2023
The City of Orlando Receives Highest Score on Municipal Equality Index for 10th Consecutive Year
November 14, 2023 – Orlando, FL– The efforts to make The City Beautiful a more inclusive, equitable community have been recognized as the Human Rights Campaign released its annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI) and the City of Orlando obtained the highest score of 100 for the 10th consecutive year.
The MEI evaluates more than 500 cities nationally on how inclusive their municipal laws, policies and services are of LGBTQ+ residents and visitors utilizing 49 different criteria including non-discrimination laws and municipal employment policies, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement and municipal leadership on matters of equality.
“A perfect score on the Municipal Equality Index is great recognition for the City of Orlando’s contributions and our entire community’s efforts to ensure Orlando remains welcoming for LGBTQ+ residents and visitors,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Our work to put inclusion and equity at the forefront of all that we do must and will continue. Orlando will keep showing that love is stronger than hate.”
"I am very proud that Orlando continues to achieve the highest score on the Municipal Equality Index. Our city values diversity, equity and inclusion and shows this commitment in our policies,” said District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan. “I am proud to serve openly and authentically as an LGBTQ+ leader."
The City of Orlando has been a leader in Florida and throughout the nation in establishing programs, ordinances and laws that benefit the LGBTQ+ community, including recent efforts:
The 2023 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) can be found at hrc.org/mei.
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