Top 24 LGBT Friendly Cities And States

Top 24 LGBT Friendly Cities And States

Top 24 LGBT Friendly Cities And States

Top LGBT Friendly Cities

Every year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) ranks each city in the United States based on how inclusive they are of their LGBT population. They look at everything from non-discrimination laws, employment policies, inclusiveness of city services and law enforcement, and rate them all using the Municipal Equality Index (MEI).

What has been recorded this year is a major historic benchmark — since 2012, the number of cities that got perfect scores on the MEI scale has quadrupled. That means that 47 cities in this country are 100 percent standing behind the LGBT community. Here’s a list of those cities by state so you can see which ones are the most LGBT friendly places to live.

California

California

California had several: Cathedral City, Long Beach, LA, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Fran, San Jose and West Hollywood.

Florida

Florida

Orlando, the city that’s home to Disney World, scored 100, as did St. Petersburg and Wilton Manors. 

Georgia

Georgia

Only Georgia’s biggest city, Atlanta, made the top 47.

Illinois

Illinois

 
You know our president’s hometown of Chicago was in there. 

Indiana

Indiana

While not known as a liberal state, Indiana at least got Bloomington into the top 47.

Iowa

Iowa

Blue state Iowa had two top scorers: Davenport and Iowa City. 

Kentucky

Kentucky

Louisville is also now known for it’s appreciation of the LGBT community. 

Maryland

Maryland
Baltimore was the only city in costal Maryland that made the cut. 

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Massachusetts had three cities: Boston, Cambridge and Worchester. 

Michigan

Michigan

 
Detroit and East Lansing likely made the list for their burgeoning populations of young artists and professionals. 

Minnesota

Minnesota

Minneapolis and St. Paul are huge cultural epicenters, as well as home to some powerful gay rights groups. 

Missouri

Missouri

Of course, St. Louis, the progressive gateway to the West, represented. As did Kansas City. 

Montana

Montana

Missoula’s leftist politics often put it at odds with the rest of the state of Montana. 

Nevada

Nevada

Las Vegas. Duh. 

New Jersey

New Jersey

Jersey City nabbed a perfect score likely because the majority of its population was transplanted from Manhattan. 

New York

New York

New York City was a no-brainer, but Yonkers and Rochester also hopped on the LGBT bandwagon this year. 

Ohio

Ohio

Ohio’s always been a waffling state in these matters, but Cincinnati and Columbus are joining the pro LGBT ranks.

Oregon

Oregon

Portland. Enough said. 

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

They don’t call Philadelphia the city of brotherly love for nothing.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Providence is yet another supremely liberal state keeping things LGBT friendly.

Texas

Texas

While the majority of the state is pretty anti-LGBT, both Austin and Dallas stand proudly for it. 

Washington

Washington

Seattle, Bellavue and Olympia stand strong for LGBT rights in this state. 

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

And finally Madison, Wisconsin. A city with its own capital building has to be advocating for some political progress. 

What are your thoughts?

Olivia Cruz

Olivia has been writing about her interest for as long as she can remember. She has that "big sister" quality about her, and has become one of our go to people for advice related material.

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