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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Saint Paul Receives Nearly Perfect Score From Human Rights Campaign

Rainbow Flags lined the Wabasha Street Bridge on the day the
 Freedom to Marry bill was passed
The national Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recently gave the city of Saint Paul a 96/100 in its Municipal Equality Index.  The HRC Municipal Equality Index examines the laws, policies and services of municipalities and rates the city based on its inclusivity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Over the past year, the Mayor’s Office and Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) have worked tirelessly to improve the city’s municipal equality index score.  The Mayor’s Office and HREEO are committed to ensuring all people are treated fairly and have equal access to the same opportunities.  

The city has taken a number of proactive steps to better support the city’s LGBT residents.  The city has sought to improve equity and benefits for its LGBT employees, appointed mayoral and police department liaisons to the LGBT community, celebrated the signing of the Freedom to Marry law, updated diversity training to include LGBT topics, allocated resources to post city job opportunities in LGBT media outlets, enhanced the city’s recruiting statement to include LGBT individuals, and amended the city’s human rights ordinance to recognize transgender individuals as a protected class.          
Having a culture that welcomes all people is what helps make Saint Paul a strong and vibrant community. Saint Paul is proud of its efforts to value all people of all ages, races, economic status, and sexual orientation, and the city’s high score on the equality index is reflective of our efforts.

For more information, please visit the city of Saint Paul’s HRC scorecard.     

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