The City of Hollywood received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2021 Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, polices and services are of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ people (LGBTQ+) who live and work there. 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 2021 MEI full report here.
The City of Hollywood joins 110 other cities across the U.S. that earned perfect scores, including nine others in Florida – Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, St. Petersburg, and Wellington.
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:
The 2021 MEI rated 506 municipalities of varying sizes drawn from every state in the nation. These include the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities in the United States, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state, the cities home to the state’s two largest public universities (including undergraduate and graduate enrollment), 75 cities and municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples and 98 cities selected by HRC and Equality Federation state groups members and supporters. Municipalities were rated on 49 criteria covering citywide non-discrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services, law enforcement, and the city’s leadership on LGBTQ+ equality. The 2021 MEI shattered records, including the number of perfect scores, and the highest average city score; it demonstrated growth in every region of the country; and it showed that regardless of what’s happening in state legislatures, local leaders understand the ongoing need to ensure that the people in their communities are safe, seen, and served.