Human Rights Campaign Releases City Rankings for LGBT Equality

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    Nov 19, 2013 10:01 PM GMT
    For what it's worth: http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/municipal-equality-index

    They gave 25 cities 100 points out of 100.

    Cities that scored 100 points
    Arizona: Phoenix
    California: Long Beach, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Francisco, West Hollywood
    Connecticut: New Haven
    Georgia: Atlanta
    Illinois: Chicago
    Maryland: Baltimore
    Massachusetts: Boston, Cambridge
    Minnesota: Minneapolis
    Missouri: Kansas City, St. Louis
    Montana: Missoula
    New Jersey: Jersey City
    New York: New York City
    Ohio: Columbus
    Oregon: Portland
    Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
    Texas: Austin
    Washington: Seattle
    Wisconsin: Madison
  • tuffguyndc

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    Nov 19, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
    wow, i am surprised dc isn't on that list. i think the are one of the most gay friendly cities on the eastcoast
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    Nov 19, 2013 11:15 PM GMT
    It looks like part of the scoring on some categories involves also state and county ratings in the city score so that might have excluded DC
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    Nov 19, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    theantijock saidIt looks like part of the scoring on some categories involves also state and county ratings in the city score so that might have excluded DC
    aawwhh, well dc is not a state so i can understand but it still should have been considered. i mean they have marriage for all now. they also have equal benefits for couples both gay and straight.
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    Nov 19, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
    I also was surprised to not see it rated but on a quick look that's the discrepancy I picked out.

    Looking at it again, it is called the MEI or Municipal Equality Index.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Municipality
    In the United States, "municipality" is usually understood as a city, town, village, or other local government unit, formed by municipal charter from the state as a municipal corporation

    Sooooo. No MEI score for you.
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    Nov 20, 2013 12:19 AM GMT
    theantijock saidFlorida

    Tampa 89 (jealous much, Wilton?)

    •Oakland Park 85
    •Tallahassee 84
    •Wilton Manors 82 (home of gay people, beat by Tallahassee, how embarrassing)
    •Orlando 79 (beat out Lauderdale haha)
    •Fort Lauderdale 77 (home to more gay people)
    •Miami 67
    •St. Petersburg 66 (said to be more liberal than Tampa. Guess not.)
    •Hialeah 58
    •Miami Shores 56 (home of the archdiocese)
    •Hollywood 54 (liberal Broward County beat out by red neck central Florida)
    •Pembroke Pines 43
    •Jacksonville 25
    •Cape Coral 10 (no one really gives a shit)
    •Port Saint Lucie 0 (can go fuck itself too)
    AHHHH I just had an interview there
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    Nov 20, 2013 12:42 AM GMT
    RadRTT saidAHHHH I just had an interview there


    St Lucie never struck me as red neck as the survey might seem to indicate. It's actually very pretty there. Wide Intracostal plus the river so lots of nature, beaches not yet completely developed. I like Stuart. Fort Pierce is a decent sized city but a little on the red neck side. Not terrible. The best, closest gay nightlife would probably a trek down to West Palm so probably you'd spend the weekend there instead of driving it in one day though you could. So it's doable.

    If you enjoy nature, water, boating, it's very nice. And if you get a boat, you can go from there, through the middle of the state into Lake O and even over to the Gulf.
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    Nov 20, 2013 3:31 AM GMT
    theantijock said
    RadRTT saidAHHHH I just had an interview there


    St Lucie never struck me as red neck as the survey might seem to indicate. It's actually very pretty there. Wide Intracostal plus the river so lots of nature, beaches not yet completely developed. I like Stuart. Fort Pierce is a decent sized city but a little on the red neck side. Not terrible. The best, closest gay nightlife would probably a trek down to West Palm so probably you'd spend the weekend there instead of driving it in one day though you could. So it's doable.

    If you enjoy nature, water, boating, it's very nice. And if you get a boat, you can go from there, through the middle of the state into Lake O and even over to the Gulf.
    Yeah not too bad. I love West Palm anyways. Currently I live in a suburb of Atlanta that has really no gay life...even though there was a equality rally at the court house the other day in favor of gay rights.
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    Nov 20, 2013 3:56 AM GMT
    RadRTT said...
    •Port Saint Lucie 0 (can go fuck itself too)
    AHHHH I just had an interview there

    It's a good place to get married and have children...

























    ...as long as you're not LGBTQI nor have any LGBTQI children...





















    ...or LGBTQI pets.
  • GingerOH

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    Nov 20, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    Congrats Columbus OH!!!!! Can't say I'm surprised icon_biggrin.gif
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Nov 20, 2013 4:29 AM GMT
    My home in Kansas City, MO got 100. I was pleased that our NPR station reported the ranking and also that our Sister City Kansas City, KS got a zero and that our dominant suburb of Overland Park, KS got a dismal 27.

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    Nov 20, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
    The three cities that are relatively close to me (within a 1.5 hour drive) got ratings of 17, 15, and 0. Well, that's no surprise icon_neutral.gif
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    Nov 20, 2013 5:12 AM GMT
    RadRTT said>Yeah not too bad. I love West Palm anyways. Currently I live in a suburb of Atlanta that has really no gay life...even though there was a equality rally at the court house the other day in favor of gay rights.


    After reading GAM I looked again. Not even points on antidiscrimination or bullying. It almost looks like you'd have to put effort into getting that zero. I don't recall that area being so bad though I never lived there, only staying for short periods for work (my family did some construction there so i'd stay on the beach and later that area was part of my coverage when I worked corporate) and I stayed aboard our boat at Francis Langford's Outrigger when she was alive and where she kept her gorgeous Chanticleer. Here it is recently restored...
    chanticleer-frances-langford-inset2.jpg

    So my take on the place might be somewhat off base. I didn't realize it was so conservative.

    West Palm is real nice. My brother's in that area. Access from Pt St Lucie down is pretty quick from t-pike to 95 and then throughout WPB, even though that area is congested, 95 has undergone a huge expansion so is no longer a problem.
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    Nov 20, 2013 5:14 AM GMT
    No city in my state scored less than 91 icon_biggrin.gif
    But... they only surveyed three towns. None of them anywhere near here. icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 20, 2013 9:44 AM GMT
    Yay to all the Cali cities, been to all except for Palm Springs! (all the friendly gay cities in S. Cali and SF). OC is becoming more gay-friendly liberal too! icon_biggrin.gif
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Nov 20, 2013 12:10 PM GMT
    Iowa was so quick to get Gay Marriage yet none of the cities scored 100.
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    Nov 20, 2013 1:45 PM GMT
    Ann Arbor, MI scored 88. WooHOO!
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    Nov 20, 2013 2:01 PM GMT
    tuffguyndc saidwow, i am surprised dc isn't on that list. i think the are one of the most gay friendly cities on the eastcoast


    dc isn't on the list because it's not a city. you could move to baltimore though - we're a 100 city! icon_lol.gif