Dive into San Diego’s 2023 Municipal Equality Index score

Why San Diego scored 100 out of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

The CountyAdministration Center lit to celebrate Pride.

The County Administration Center lit to celebrate Pride.

Photo via @SanDiegoCounty

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released the 2023 Municipal Equality Index, and San Diego is on the list. How did we score?

The HRC’s annual Municipal Equality Index takes a deep dive into municipal laws, policies, and services to assess how inclusive they are of LGBTQ+ people. This year’s edition examined 506 cities on 49 different criteria across five categories — non-discrimination laws, municipality as employer, services and programs, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality.

Based on these criteria, San Diego earned a score of 100 out of 100. In case you missed it, that’s the same as last year’s score. Here’s a breakdown of how we got here… and how that score might change.

Non-discrimination laws

This category looks at whether LGBTQ+ discrimination is prohibited by law in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation. San Diego achieved a 30 out of 30 for our laws across the state, county, and municipality.

Municipality as employer

Cities can achieve points for inclusive employment policies like trans-inclusive healthcare policies and non-discrimination in city employment. San Diego got a 28 out of 28 and earned bonus points for city employee domestic partner benefits.

San Diego Pride

A past San Diego Pride parade in Hillcrest.

Photo via San Diego Pride

Services and programs

This section considers the city’s efforts to include LGBTQ+ folks in city services and programs. San Diego scored 7 out of 12, but got bonus points for city-offered services to LGBTQ+ youths and older adults.

Law enforcement

Looking at the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community, San Diego scored 22 out of 22.

Leadership on LGBTQ+ equality

This section looks at city leadership’s commitment to advocacy and inclusion. San Diego got an 8 out of 8, and got bonus points for having openly LGBTQ+ elected or appointed leaders.

Other studies like this

The HRC isn’t the only organization tracking San Diego’s inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community. Explore these studies for comparison:

Looking ahead

San Diego earned its perfect score with bonus points. We would achieve a higher score from the HRC by having an LGBTQ+ liaison in the city executive’s office and offering services to:

  • The transgender community
  • LGBTQ+ people experiencing homelessness
  • People living with HIV or AIDS

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