Phoenix Earns a Perfect Score on LGBT Equality From Human Rights Campaign
The City of Phoenix earned a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's measure of how inclusive city governments are of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Phoenix is one of just 25 cities nationwide that earned a perfect score, of a few hundred surveyed, and one of just eight cities to earn a perfect score in states with laws that restrict cities from being more inclusive of LGBT people.
The Human Rights Campaign took into account a variety of things, including a city's non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, city benefits (for people employed by the city), municipal services, law enforcement, and city leadership's position on LGBT equality.
Looking at the criteria used to score the cities, Phoenix's perfect score is no mistake.
Just earlier this year, Mayor Greg Stanton pushed for an ordinance to ban discrimination in public accommodations. Despite a thorough freak-out campaign organized by the state's Religious Right, the ordinance was passed.
Stanton's wife Nicole has also been pushing expanded anti-bullying efforts, which are also recognized in the Human Rights Campaign's scorecard (and, were also opposed by the state's Religious Right).
In a statement from the City, Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela says, "We should accept nothing less than a perfect score when it comes to equality for all. Fostering a spirit of inclusiveness in our city is the right thing to do for our residents and for our economy - this is the kind of progress that will serve us well today and drive us toward a bright future."
The statement says leaders from the Human Rights Campaign will travel here for an event and press conference next week to "recognize Phoenix's progress."
From Stanton's Twitter:
Seven other Arizona cities were rated by the Human Rights Campaign, as Tucson scored a 90, Tempe scored a 72, and the others were all below 50.
Mesa scored a 41, Gilbert scored a 33, Scottsdale scored a 23, Chandler scored a 22, and Glendale limps behind with a score of just 13.
Phoenix's specific scorecard can be seen on the next page: