Human Rights Campaign rates NC cities on LGBT equality

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Human Rights Campaign

A report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in America’s cities by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, rated 291 cities across the nation, including six cities in North Carolina.

The 2013 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is the second edition of the only nationwide rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law. This year’s index finds that cities across the country, including in North Carolina, continued to prove that municipalities will act to support equality for LGBT people, even where states and the federal government have failed to do so. The MEI was issued in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute. The average score for cities in North Carolina is 42 out of 100 points, which falls below the national average. Charlotte scored 51 points, Durham scored 56 points, Fayetteville scored 23 points, Greensboro scored 42 points, Raleigh scored 43 points, and Winston-Salem scored 34 points.

The full report, including detailed scorecards for every city and a searchable database, is available online at

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