Fort Worth scored 99 points out of 100 — the third highest among Texas cities — on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which measures cities’ inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.
The 2015 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is a rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law. To earn perfect scores, cities must embrace inclusive laws and policies that often go beyond explicit protections offered by their state or the federal government, the report stated.
Fort Worth scored 83 points in 2014, 91 points in 2013 and 89 points in 2012. While no programs or benefits have changed in Fort Worth, the scoring criteria for the annual survey have changed, accounting for the difference in points through the years.
Fort Worth’s 2015 scores, based on five broad categories:
- Non-discrimination laws, 30 out of 30 points.
- The municipality’s employment practices, 18 out of 24 points plus two bonus points.
- Municipal services, 10 out of 16 plus seven bonus points.
- Law enforcement, 22 out of 22 points.
- Relationship with the LGBT community, six out of eight points plus four bonus points.
Here’s how other Texas cities stacked up on the scorecard:
- Austin, 100 points.
- Dallas, 100 points.
- San Antonio, 90 points.
- El Paso, 51 points.
- Houston, 48 points.
- Arlington, 22 points.
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Harvest Fest at Northside: 2 p.m. Oct. 29, 2016; Northside Community Center, 1801 Harrington.
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Meet and Confer Negotiations - City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Police Officers Association : 1 p.m. Oct. 31, 2016; Conferece Room 201/202, Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Avenue.
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Age-Friendly Advocacy Day: 9 a.m. Nov. 1, 2016; City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
Dallas/Fort Worth Area Vendor Fair: 9 a.m. Nov. 1, 2016; Tarrant County Resource Center, 2300 Circle Drive.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board of Directors - Committee Meetings: 12:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 2016; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building , 2400 Aviation Drive.
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Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee: 1 p.m. Nov. 1, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
Housing and Neighborhood Services Committee: 2 p.m. Nov. 1, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Nov. 1, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Council Meeting : 7 p.m. Nov. 1, 2016; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.