These 8 U.S. cities failed an LGBTQ equality analysis

Eight cities in america scored a zero out of 100 on the tenth annual Municipal Equality Index, which evaluates cities and cities primarily based on the extent of LGBTQ inclusion discovered of their native legal guidelines, insurance policies and providers.

LGBTQ advocacy teams Human Rights Marketing campaign and Equality Federation evaluated 506 municipalities — together with the nation’s 50 state capitals and 200 largest cities — on 49 standards for the index. The standards included nondiscrimination protections, insurance policies for municipal staff and metropolis management. 

This 12 months’s zero-point earners span from South Carolina to Wyoming, and so they all got here in at zero on final 12 months’s index, too. However on the flip aspect, 22 % of cities earned an ideal rating, up from 8 % in 2012, the report’s inaugural 12 months. 

“In case you’re scoring a zero, it’s since you’re making that alternative. There are undoubtedly some low-hanging fruit methods to get off of that zero place,” stated Cathryn Oakley, the founding writer of the index and the state legislative director for the Human Rights Marketing campaign. “That may be a assertion on their finish about how they’re prepared to interact in these points.”

Listed here are the eight cities that scored a failing grade on this 12 months’s Municipal Equality Index:

Florence, Alabama

Downtown Florence, Ala. Robin Zeigler / Getty Photographs

Situated within the northwest nook of Alabama, Florence sits on the Tennessee River, has a inhabitants of about 40,000 and is house to the College of North Alabama. The town made headlines in 2017, when a number of members of white nationalist teams, some wearing Ku Klux Klan robes, staged a protest throughout northwest Alabama’s first Delight parade.

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Downtown Jonesboro, Ark.larrybraunphotography.com / Getty Photographs

Jonesboro, with a inhabitants of almost 80,000, is Arkansas’ fifth largest metropolis. It sits within the northeastern a part of the state and is house to Arkansas State College. Earlier this 12 months, a Delight Month ebook show — which included the youngsters’s ebook “The GayBCs” — ignited a backlash at a public library within the metropolis, The Jonesboro Solar reported.

Southaven, Mississippi

The Southaven Municipal Advanced in Southaven, Miss.Google Maps

Southaven sits on the border of Mississippi and its northern neighbor, Tennessee, and is simply 13 miles from Memphis. The town, which has about 55,000 residents, made information in 2019 after a same-sex couple stated they had been kicked out of a neighborhood Baptist church as a result of the ladies wouldn’t finish their “forbidden” marriage and “repent.”

Damaged Arrow, Oklahoma

The historic Rose District of Damaged Arrow, Okla. Denis Tangney Jr. / Getty Photographs

Situated simply outdoors Tulsa within the northeastern a part of the state, Damaged Arrow is the fourth largest metropolis in Oklahoma, with a inhabitants of about 113,000. Oklahoma is the one state to have two cities earn zero factors on this 12 months’s Municipal Equality Index.

Moore, Oklahoma

Veterans Memorial Park in Moore, Okla.Google Maps

Moore, a metropolis of about 63,000 residents, is a part of the Oklahoma Metropolis metropolitan space, which sits in the midst of the state. Moore made nationwide information again in 2017 after Ralph Shortey, a “household values” Republican who had served within the Oklahoma Senate, was discovered with a 17-year-old male in a neighborhood motel (Shortey was ultimately sentenced to fifteen years in jail on little one sex-trafficking fees).

Clemson, South Carolina

Tillman Corridor on the campus of Clemson College in Clemson, S.C.Maddie Meyer / Getty Photographs

Dwelling to Clemson College, this small South Carolina metropolis, with a inhabitants of 17,700, sits within the northwest a part of the state close to the borders of each Georgia and North Carolina. Whereas town of Clemson scored a zero out of 100 on this 12 months’s Municipal Equality Index, the college scored a 3 out of 5 on the LGBTQ nonprofit Campus Delight’s annual index. The college additionally opened Lavender Place, an LGBTQ “living-learning neighborhood,” in August.

Pierre, South Dakota

The State Capitol in Pierre, S.D.Getty Photographs/iStockphoto

With a inhabitants of roughly 14,100, Pierre is the second-least populous state capital within the nation, following Montpelier, Vermont. Dwelling to the state’s legislature, town hosts most of the state’s protests regarding LGBTQ points. In January, Pierre made nationwide headlines when a bunch of LGBTQ advocates protested towards a proposed regulation that will ban individuals from altering the intercourse designation on their beginning certificates. A South Dakota Home committee later rejected the invoice in February.

Rocks Springs, Wyoming

Rock Springs, Wyo. Jacob Boomsma / Getty Photographs/iStockphoto

Rock Springs is a metropolis in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, with a inhabitants of about 23,500. Regardless of scoring a zero out of 100 on this and final 12 months’s Municipal Equality Index, a Rock Springs church made historical past after internet hosting what it known as the state’s first LGBTQ satisfaction worship service in 2019, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

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