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Chapel Hill scores highly for support of LGBTQ communities

Report examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there.

Post Date:11/20/2019 2:08 PM

The Town of Chapel Hill received its highest-ever Municipal Equality Index score, according to a report released this month from the Human Rights Campaign.

The Human Rights Campaign rates cities across the United States each year based on their initiatives to support LGBTQ communities. The findings are compiled on the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) scorecard. Cities are given points for inclusive programs and policies, such as non-discrimination laws, transgender-inclusive health benefits for employees, inclusive workplaces and LGBTQ liaisons in the executive office, to name a few.

This year, Chapel Hill scored a 78 out of a possible 100 points, an improvement of 6 points from 2018. Greensboro was the highest scoring municipality in North Carolina with 79 points.

“Our goal is to make Chapel Hill the most inclusive community in the state of North Carolina, and the MEI report indicates we are heading in the right direction,” Town Manager Maurice Jones said. “Although pleased with this progress, our organization, led by our LGBTQ+ Resource Group, has identified some additional steps we can take to develop programs and policies that will help the Town become an even more welcoming place to work.”

Many Fortune 500 companies rely on the Human Rights Campaign report as a guide for relocation and expansion, as inclusion of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, reflects a municipality’s shared values.

A link to the report can be found below. Chapel Hill’s score is on page 65 of the document.

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