JACKSONVILE, Fla. – Orlando was one of three Florida cities to score a perfect score of 100 in a rating system that judges cities' inclusiveness toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Jacksonville received a score of 26.
The Human Rights Campaign's "Municipal Equality Index," released Tuesday, awarded Orlando, St. Petersburg and Wilton Manors top scores. The cities were three of 47 municipalities nationwide that earned the top possible score. The annual rating judged a total of 408 municipalities across the nation.
The score judged municipalities in five categories: non-discrimination laws, employment policies, city services, law enforcement and municipal leadership.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says the rating demonstrates the progress Orlando has made and validates the city's commitment to have an inclusive government.
Jacksonville, which is in discussions to add sexual orientation and expression protections to its Human Rights Ordinance, received zeros in the rating for non-discrimination laws and municipal employment.