For Immediate Release: 10/20/2017 11:38 am
Worcester, MA (October 20, 2017) - The City of Worcester has been awarded a perfect 100 by the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.
The Human Rights Campaign today released the sixth annual edition of the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) report. The MEI is an annual nationwide evaluation of municipal laws, policies and services affecting the LGBTQ community. Worcester was one of 506 cities scored nationwide this year. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality. Worcester received a score of 100 for the fourth straight year in a row. The City was first ranked in 2013 and received a score of 55.
"When I became city manager, I made improving the City's record on LGBTQ rights a priority and it has stayed a priority" Augustus said. "Worcester is a place where all are welcome to live, work and play and we are recognized by others who also see us as a welcoming place to visit, invest and do business." Augustus pointed out that "the Hanover Theatre recently hosted QFlix Worcester: New England's LGBTQ Film Festival from September 14th-17th and organizers cited the HRC ratings as a decisive reason for choosing Worcester."
"The perfect score we've received from the HRC is a reflection of our city's commitment to welcoming all residents regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity," Mayor Joseph Petty said. "This city is s a great city, with great people, and this score is one more example of why we are all so proud to call Worcester home."