These 8 US cities failed the LGBTQ equality assessment

Eight cities in the United States scored a zero out of 100 on the 10th Annual city ​​equality index, which evaluates cities and towns based on the level of LGBTQ inclusion found in their local laws, policies, and services.

LGBTQ advocacy group human rights campaign And equality union The index evaluated 506 municipalities – including the country’s 50 state capitals and 200 largest cities – on 49 criteria. Criteria included non-discrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, and city leadership.

This year’s zero-point earners span from South Carolina to Wyoming, and they all came in at zero on last year’s index as well. but on the other hand, 22 percent of cities earned a perfect score, up from 8 percent in 2012, the report’s inaugural year.

“If you’re scoring a zero, it’s because you’re making that choice. Definitely getting out of that zero spot,” said Katherine Oakley, the index’s founding author and state legislative director of the Human Rights Campaign. There are some low-hanging fruit ways.” “It’s a statement on their end how they are willing to engage in these issues.”

Here are eight cities that received a failing grade on this year’s City Equality Index:

Florence, Alabama

Downtown Florence, Ala. Robin Ziegler / Getty Images

Located in the northwest corner of Alabama, florence sits on the Tennessee River, a around 40,000. population of and is home to the University of North Alabama. The city made headlines in 2017 when several members of white nationalist groups, some dressed in Ku Klux Klan clothing, protested During Northwest Alabama’s first Pride Parade.

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Downtown Jonesboro, Ark.larrybraunphotography.com/Getty Images

Jonesborough, A. with around 80,000. population of, is the fifth largest city in Arkansas. It is located in the northeastern part of the state and is home to Arkansas State University. Earlier this year, a Pride Month book display — which included the children’s book “The Gabbie” — ignite a reaction in a public library in town, The Jonesboro Sun reported.

Southven, Mississippi

Southven Municipal Complex in Southaven, Miss.Google Map

Southven is located on the border of Mississippi and its northern neighbor Tennessee, and is just 13 miles from Memphis. about the city 55,000 residents, in 2019 news broke after a same-sex couple said they were kicked out of a local Baptist church Because women will not end their “forbidden” marriages and “repent”.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Historic Rose District of Broken Arrow, Okla. Dennis Tangany Jr. / Getty Images

Located just outside Tulsa in the northeastern part of the state is Broken Arrow. Fourth Largest City in Oklahoma, with Around 113,000. population of, Oklahoma is the only state to have two cities score zero points on this year’s city equality index.

Moore, Oklahoma

Veterans Memorial Park in Moore, Okla.Google Map

Moore, approx. the city of 63,000 residents, part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, which is located in the middle of the state. moore made national news Back in 2017 after Ralph Shorty, a “Family Values” Republican who served in the Oklahoma Senate, was found with a 17-year-old male at a local motel (Shorty was eventually 15 years prison sentence on allegations of child sex-trafficking).

Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson, SC. In Tillman Hall on the campus of Clemson UniversityMaddie Meyer / Getty Images

Home to Clemson University, this small South Carolina town, a . with 17,700. population of, sits in the northwestern part of the state near the borders of both Georgia and North Carolina. While the city of Clemson scored a zero out of 100 on this year’s Municipal Equality Index, the university scored a 3 out of 5 on an LGBTQ nonprofit. Annual Index of Campus Pride, University also open Lavender Place, an LGBTQ “living-learning community” in August.

Pierre, South Dakota

State Capitol in Pierre, SDGetty Images/iStockPhoto

with around 14,100. population ofPierre is the second least populous capital city in the country, after Montpellier, Vermont. Home to the state legislature, the city has been host to many of the state’s protests related to LGBTQ issues. In January, Pierre made national headlines when a group of LGBTQ advocates opposition to the proposed law Which will ban people from changing the gender designation on their birth certificate. A South Dakota House Committee later Bill rejected in February.

Rocks Springs, Wyoming

Rock Springs, Wyo. Jacob Boomsma / Getty Images / iStockphoto

Rock Springs is a city in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, which consists of a approx 23,500. population of, Despite scoring a zero out of 100 on this and Last year Municipal Equality Index, a Rock Springs church made history after hosting it under the name of the state First LGBTQ Pride Worship Service In 2019, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

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