The City of Iowa City is one of three Iowa communities to earn a score of 100 on the eighth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law, policy and services.
This is the sixth consecutive year that Iowa City has earned this score from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. Two other Iowa towns joined Iowa City with a perfect score: Cedar Rapids and Dubuque.
Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton commented, “Iowa City is proud to again receive a perfect score in the Municipal Equity Index. This ranking provides further evidence of the support our community shows for our LGBTQ community, and another reason we are proud to call Iowa City our home.”
Iowa City’s scorecard can be found online.
Due to Iowa City’s longstanding support of LGBTQ rights, the City hosted several representatives from the HRC Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2019, at City Hall as they announced the national release of their MEI ratings, including HRC Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof.
The MEI rated 506 cities including the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities in the United States, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state, the cities home to the state’s two largest public universities, municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples, and 98 cities selected by HRC and Equality Federation state group members and supporters. It assesses each city on 44 criteria covering citywide nondiscrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services, law enforcement, and city leadership’s relationship with the LGBTQ community.
The full report, including detailed scorecards for every city, as well as a searchable database, is available online at www.hrc.org/mei.