Learn more about how our Municipal Equality Index score has changed over time

We compare our previous Municipal Equality Index scores from the Human Rights Campaign... plus, how that score might change.

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Take a moment to reflect on our city’s HRC score.

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Every year, the Human Rights Campaign releases a Municipal Equality Index which dives into municipal laws, policies, and services to score the city’s inclusivity of LGBTQ+ people. Here’s how we did over the last three years:

    This makes nine consecutive perfect scores. Let’s break down how we got here… and how that score may change.

    Non-discrimination laws

    This category awards up to 30 points based on whether LGBTQ+ discrimination is prohibited by law in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation. We’ve maintained a score of 30 out of 30 from 2020 to 2023.

    Municipality as employer

    Cities as employers can achieve up to 28 points by meeting certain guidelines for ensuring an inclusive workplace and benefits. We’ve kept a perfect score for the past three years.

    Services and programs

    This section has 12 available points for the city’s efforts to include LGBTQ+ communities in services and programs.

    • 2020 score: 12
    • 2021 score: 12
    • 2022 score: 7

    Law enforcement

    This section has 22 available points and looks at the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community. We’ve kept 22 out of 22 points from 2020 to 2023.

    Leadership on LGBTQ+ equality

    This section has eight available points and looks at city leadership’s commitment to advocacy and inclusion. We’ve kept all eight for the last three years.

    Looking ahead

    The past three years suggest that our city’s equality score is holding steady. This is partially with the help of flex points as fewer services were offered in 2022 than in years previous. While we won’t know our 2023 score until December, now is a good time to reflect on current laws and policies that affect LGBTQ+ communities.

    Here are some recommendations from the HRC for how we could increase our 2022 score: San Diego could reinstate the LGBTQ+ Liaison in City Executive’s Office present in 2021. The city would also earn more points by offering services to the transgender community and LGBTQ+ people experiencing homelessness.

    If you want to get involved, here are some local organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community.