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

Posted Oct. 19, 2018

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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 2018 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.

This is the third consecutive year Fort Worth has scored 100. Fort Worth scored 99 points in 2015, 83 points in 2014, 91 points in 2013 and 89 points in 2012.

Fort Worth’s 2018 scores, based on five broad categories:

  • Non-discrimination laws, 30 out of 30 points.
  • The municipality’s employment practices, 20 out of 28 points.
  • Municipal services, 12 out of 12 plus six bonus points.
  • Law enforcement, 22 out of 22 points.
  • Leadership on LGBTQ equality, 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, 100 points.
  • Houston, 70 points.
  • El Paso, 51 points.
  • Arlington, 48 points.

The full report, including scorecards for every city and a searchable database, is available on the Human Rights Campaign website.

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