Oct 9, 2018
DENVER – The Human Rights Campaign announced the City and County of Denver has earned its second consecutive 100 score on the LGBTQ civil rights organization’s 2018 Municipal Equality Index. Denver is the only city in Colorado to earn this distinction, recognizing the city’s and Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s commitment to serving LGBTQ residents and leading a city that is welcoming, inclusive, equitable and accepting for all people.
The Municipal Equality Index examines the laws, policies, and services of more than 500 municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBTQ people who live and work in each city. Cities are rated based on nondiscrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership’s public position on equality. The cities evaluated in 2018 represent every state in the nation. Denver was one of only 78 municipalities that achieved a 2018 MEI score of 100.
“Each person in Denver is important, each person plays an important role in our city’s success, and we will continue to be a place where the values of inclusion and equity are celebrated,” Mayor Hancock said. “I’m proud that Denver once again achieved a score of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index, and we’re going to keep working hard to ensure that everyone who calls Denver home feels welcome and appreciated here.”
“This recognition reflects widespread efforts devoted to ensuring that Denver remains a welcoming place for LGBTQ individuals,” said Arash Jahanian, chair of the LGBTQ Commission. “The commission has worked together with city leadership and community stakeholders to ensure that Denver maintains its perfect MEI score.”
The Mayor appoints 21 community members to his LGBTQ commission, which serves to advise him and his administration on legislation, policies, programs and practices that impact the LGBTQ community.
“At a time when our opposition is actively working to limit LGBTQ equality, it is very exciting to know that a Colorado city is serving as a model for others to follow. With this MEI score of 100, Denver continues to show that they are a leader when it comes to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families can live, work, shop, and play in the city, all while knowing they are protected from discrimination,” said David Pourshoushtari, One Colorado Communications Director. “We are proud of the City of Denver, and we look forward to future reports that show that more Colorado cities have scores of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index.”