The City of Phoenix earned a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign for the fifth year in a row for its ongoing efforts to ensure equal treatment of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — LGBT — community.
Phoenix was one of a record 68 cities to earn a perfect score of 100 out of the 506 cities evaluated in the 2017 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which HRC released this morning. Phoenix was also designated “All-Star” status as one of 41 cities to earn a perfect score in a state that lacks an anti-discrimination law. Tempe and Tucson were the only other Arizona cities to earn perfect scores.
“In Phoenix, we are committed to never taking a step backward when it comes to equality,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Treating people equally under the law makes the community stronger and is the right thing to do. We want to send the message that our city is welcoming no matter who you are. It’s time for all Arizona cities to protect their residents from being fired, refused service or denied housing because of who they are.”
Phoenix has maintained a perfect score since Stanton led the effort to pass the City’s sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance in 2012. The ordinance makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone based on sexual orientation, gender identity or disability for the purposes of employment, public accommodations, housing, and government contracts.
“This rating is just another example of how we in this City celebrate and elevate the wonderful diversity that makes Phoenix the unique place to live, work, play, and learn that it is and becoming known for,” said Vice Mayor Laura Pastor. “We take great pride in our people, culture, and heritage; and welcome the opportunity to keep expanding the distinct character that makes our community richer and more colorful.”
“People deserve the basic dignity of knowing that they will be viewed and treated as equals by their government,” said Councilwoman Kate Gallego. “Phoenix will continue to ensure our LGBT+ residents know we have their back at every opportunity, whether it’s through city benefits or by defending our equality ordinance in court. Our community will be stronger and more prosperous because of it.”
“I’m proud to see we have a perfect score for the fifth year running, and I hope we continue to achieve that score in the future,” said Councilwoman Debra Stark.
“One of my first and most important votes on the City Council was to ensure Phoenix passed its human rights ordinance which added protections for those in the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance,” said Councilman Daniel Valenzuela. “As much as any other effort this action has announced Phoenix has a fresh, new brand that says it is a generous, diverse and welcoming community for professionals, C-Level executives, small business owners, entrepreneurs and innovators.”
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality.
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