San Diego’s Municipal Equality Index score

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

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The Human Rights Campaign released the 2022 Municipal Equality Index, and San Diego is on the list. How did we score?

Each year, the Human Rights Campaign releases a Municipal Equality Index which takes a deep dive into municipal laws, policies, and services and how inclusive they are of LGBTQ+ people. This year’s edition examined 506 cities on 49 different criteria across four 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. A perfect score. Here’s a breakdown of how we got here… and how we can go even further.

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.

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A past San Diego Pride parade in Hillcrest.

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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 earned 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

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:

Where we can improve

Even a perfect score doesn’t mean a perfect city. San Diego earned its perfect score with bonus points and would achieve a higher score from the HRC with efforts like having an LGBTQ+ liaison in the city executive’s office and 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.

How do you think we could make our community more welcoming to all? Let us know.

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