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Fort Worth scores a perfect 100 for LGBT inclusiveness on national scorecard

Posted Oct. 21, 2016

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Fort Worth scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which measures cities’ inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

The 2016 Municipal Equality Index 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 99 points in 2015, 83 points in 2014, 91 points in 2013 and 89 points in 2012.

Fort Worth’s 2016 scores, based on five broad categories:

  • Non-discrimination laws, 30 out of 30 points.
  • The municipality’s employment practices, 18 out of 24 points.
  • Municipal services, 16 out of 16 plus 10 bonus points.
  • Law enforcement, 22 out of 22 points.
  • Relationship with the LGBT community, seven 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, 95 points.
  • Houston, 71 points.
  • El Paso, 57 points.
  • Arlington, 44 points.

The full report, including scorecards for every city and a searchable database.

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