Just as St. Louis County considers Bill 279 tonight which would sexual orientation and gender identity to the county's anti-descrimination law, a new survey shows that St. Louis City is one of 11 cities nationally receiving a perfect score of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the first ever rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law.
“We are proud to see the prominence of Saint Louis to be one of the 11 cities with a 100% score. It reflects the value the LGBT community provides to the health and prosperity of our city. We look forward to Saint Louis County taking the next step towards justice by approving the nondiscrimination ordinance at tonight’s County Council meeting,” said A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director for PROMO, Missouri’s LGBT advocacy organization.
Additionally, Kansas City was one of a quarter of cities surveyed nationally to receive over 80 points, receiving 85 points. Unfortunately, while St. Louis is continuing to move forward and serve as a beacon not just in Missouri but nationally as what can be achieved, Jefferson City was one of just three cities out of 137 surveyed to receive a score of zero points.
The MEI rates cities based on 47 criteria falling under six broad categories:
- Non-discrimination laws;
- Relationship recognition;
- The municipality’s employment practices;
- Inclusiveness of city services;
- Law enforcement; and
- Municipal leadership.
To read the full report, click here.