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.
Arizona’s perfect MEI scorers are Phoenix, Tempe and Tucson.
While not known as a liberal state, Indiana at least got Bloomington into the top 47.
Louisville is also now known for it’s appreciation of the LGBT community.
Baltimore was the only city in costal Maryland that made the cut.
Minneapolis and St. Paul are huge cultural epicenters, as well as home to some powerful gay rights groups.
Jersey City nabbed a perfect score likely because the majority of its population was transplanted from Manhattan.
Seattle, Bellavue and Olympia stand strong for LGBT rights in this state.
And finally Madison, Wisconsin. A city with its own capital building has to be advocating for some political progress.
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