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Arlington Scores 100 in 2019 Municipal Equality Index

Improvement toward inclusivity continues from previous years.

Post Date:11/21/2019 12:42 PM
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation released their annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city leadership's public position on equality. Arlington received a final score of 100 points, an increase of 2 points from last year’s score.

"We strive to make Arlington a community that is inclusive and open to all people and I am very pleased that we have once again improved our score on the MEI Index," said Arlington Town Manager, Adam Chapdelaine. "We will continue to focus on matters of inclusion and look forward to welcoming the Town’s first Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to further help us with these initiatives."

"HRC's evaluation is a comprehensive set of benchmarks toward full equality for LGBTQIA+ folx in town life that has provided a clear blueprint for our work,” said Mel Goldspie, Chair of Arlington’s LGBTAIA+ Rainbow Commission. “We're thrilled that Arlington's score has gone up every year because it reflects important work we've done, such as adding gender identity to the town's nondiscrimination bylaw, establishing the Rainbow Commission, hosting Pride celebrations for the first time, and helping to ensure that trans/nonbinary/gender-conconforming folx continue to have equal rights in public spaces state-wide. We also see this base score of 92 plus 8 bonus points to equal 100 as encouragement to keep pushing forward. We will continue to work on policy improvements and host community-building events because each of the benchmarks is necessary for healthy diversity, equity, and inclusion for our community."

View Arlington’s 2019 MEI scorecard

The 2019 MEI is the eighth annual edition and rates a total of 506 cities on 49 different criteria from every state in the nation. Read the full report at
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