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Bloomington Remains Only City in the State to Obtain a Perfect Score in the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index

Today, Mayor John Hamilton announced that the City of Bloomington received a top score of 100 in the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index, marking the third consecutive year that the City has received the top score. Bloomington is the only city in Indiana to earn a perfect score.

The national Human Rights Campaign evaluates cities based on a number of factors, including whether a city complies with the following:

  • Enforceable non-discrimination ordinance that covers sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Health insurance policy that covers transgender health care needs.

  • Concerted efforts at attracting LGBTQ applicants to the workplace.

  • A designated liaison from the police department to the LGBTQ community.

  • Reports hate crimes to the FBI.

  • Leadership has taken a public position supporting LGBTQ equality.

Mayor Hamilton noted that, while 2017 saw setbacks for the LGBTQ community on the national level, Bloomington takes pride in remaining a city that is committed to welcoming everyone.  

“We know that we are stronger as a community when each individual, regardless of race, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity, is able to fully contribute his or her talents,” the mayor commented. “Our commitment to equality and inclusivity is essential to ensuring that remains true in Bloomington. This kind of recognition is especially welcome at a time when human rights are relentlessly challenged. It speaks to the value Bloomingtonians put on ensuring our community is welcoming, fair, just and civil for all.”