BLOOMINGTON – Deputy Mayor Don Griffin and Human Rights Director/Assistant City Attorney Barbara McKinney discuss the City’s recent eighth-perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Index.
Bloomington is the only city in Indiana to achieve a 100% score. It is one of four cities in Indiana to be considered an “MEI All-Star,” earning a high score in a state that lacks non-discrimination laws that expressly include LGBTQ+ people.
Earlier this month, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation (hrc.org), in partnership with the Equality Federation (equalityfederation.org), announced that Bloomington had been awarded a perfect score on the annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). Bloomington was one of 120 cities in the U.S. to earn a perfect score this year, up from 110 cities last year. Now in its eleventh year, the index of 506 cities nationwide uses 49 criteria to evaluate how inclusive a city’s laws, policies, and services are of the LGBTQ+ people who live and work there.
Bloomington’s scorecard is available online at https://bton.in/VDD9b, and the full 2022 Municipal Equality Index Report is available at https://bton.in/1k8B8.
A special thanks to Don and Barbara as today marks Don’s last video as Deputy Mayor, and Barbara will retire from the City after 34 years of service on December 30.
The video transcript is available online at https://bton.in/t0-ps.