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Posted on: November 22, 2023

City of Hollywood Earns Perfect Score in 2023 LGBTQ+ Municipal Equality Index

Municipal Equity Index Score 100

The City of Hollywood earned a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2023 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for having programs and policies that are inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and leadership on LGBTQ+ equity. View Hollywood’s scorecard and the 2023 MEI full report here.

The City of Hollywood joins 129 other municipalities across the U.S. that earned perfect scores. In South Florida, the City of Hollywood joins Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Miami, and Wilton Manors.  View all scorecards here.

The HRC scored the City on LGBTQ+ focused activities in five categories – non-discrimination laws, municipality as employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality. Examples of City initiatives that contributed to the perfect MEI score include: 

  • Under Part II, Municipality as an Employer, the City has received the full 6 points for Transgender-Inclusive Healthcare Benefits in 2021 and 2022.  
  • Under Part III. Municipal Services, the City provides funding to several groups and organizations who provide services to LBGTQ+ youth and young adults. Here is a listing and applicable web sites of the organizations who receive funding from the City:
  • On October 13 and 14, 2022, the City’s LGBTQ+ Liaison (Alison Saffold) attended the Florida Summit. 
  • In the 2023 GFLGLCC Membership Directory and Community Guide, the City promotes itself as a welcoming place of equity, diversity and inclusion and has received a LGBTQ+ Municipal Equality Index Score of 100.
  • On January 29, 2023, Hollywood hosted My Hollywood Pridefest in Downtown Hollywood.  This event was promoted on social media, in our eblast, and on the electronic billboard on 1-95. 
  • On June 7, 2023 the City issued a Proclamation in Recognition of Pride Month and raised the LBGTQ+ Flag at City Hall for the entire month. 
  • In June 2023, the City’s LGBTQ+ Liaison (Alison Saffold) along with several public safety employees attended the Multi-Agency LGBTQ+ Cultural Awareness Training. 

The 2023 MEI rated 506 municipalities of varying sizes drawn from every state in the nation. Municipalities were rated on criteria covering citywide non-discrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services, law enforcement, and the city’s leadership on LGBTQ+ equality. This year, a record-breaking 129 cities earned the highest score of 100.

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