Every year, the Human Rights Campaign releases a Municipal Equality Index which dives into municipal laws, policies, and services to score the city’s inclusivity of LGBTQ+ people. Here’s how we did over the last three years:
- In 2020, we scored 100 out of 100
- In 2021, we scored 100 out of 100
- In 2022, we scored 100 out of 100
Let’s break down how we got here… and how that score may change.
This category awards up to 30 points based on whether LGBTQ+ discrimination is prohibited by law in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation. We’ve maintained a score of 30 out of 30 from 2020 to 2023.
Municipality as employer
Cities as employers can achieve up to 28 points by meeting certain guidelines for ensuring an inclusive workplace and benefits. We’ve kept a perfect score from 2020-2023.
Services and programs
This section has 12 available points for the city’s efforts to include LGBTQ+ communities in services and programs. And we’ve scored 12 out of 12 the past three years.
This section has 22 available points and looks at the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community. We’ve kept 22 out of 22 points from 2020 to 2023.
Leadership on LGBTQ+ equality
This section has eight available points and looks at city leadership’s commitment to advocacy and inclusion.
- 2020 score: seven
- 2021 score: eight
- 2022 score: eight
While we won’t know our 2023 score until December, now is a good time to reflect on current laws and policies that affect LGBTQ+ communities.
Here are some recommendations from the HRC for how we could increase our 2022 score: Madison would achieve an even higher score from the HRC if the city reinstated services that were offered in 2020 and 2021 to the transgender community and LGBTQ+ people experiencing homelessness.
If you want to get involved, here are some local organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community.