BOSTON, Mass.—Today, the Human Rights Campaign released its annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The MEI is a comprehensive scorecard on the laws and policies of cities and towns throughout all 50 states.
In Massachusetts, the MEI was conducted for eight cities and towns including Amherst, Boston Cambridge, Lowell, Northampton, Springfield, Provincetown and Worcester. Salem submitted its own MEI scorecard as part of the project. Click here to see a breakdown of the scores for each of the jurisdictions. [pullquote]“In particular, we congratulate the jurisdictions that received perfect scores on the MEI for their efforts to welcome and include our Commonwealth’s vibrant transgender community. …” — KC Coredini, MassEquality, ED[/pullquote]
MassEquality Executive Director KC Coredini provided the following response to the Massachusetts MEI:
“We thank HRC for its vital work in compiling this data and making it available to the public. These indices help our Commonwealth’s cities and towns assess how well they are doing in their efforts to be welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQ people. Massachusetts has consistently been a national leader on LGBTQ equality, and these scores show that the Commonwealth’s communities continue to offer some of the best places in the country for LGBTQ people to live, learn and love.
“In particular, we congratulate the jurisdictions that received perfect scores on the MEI for their efforts to welcome and include our Commonwealth’s vibrant transgender community. We are dedicated to continuing to assist cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth in passing and implementing legislation that promotes fairness and a level playing field for transgender people.”
To learn more about the MEI, please click here.
MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
[From a News Release]