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12 New Jersey Cities Rated by the HRC Municipal Equality Index

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation Municipal Equality Index map 2021

In its 10th year, the MEI posts a record number of perfect scores

The average score for New Jersey cities is 85 points out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The Garden State is averaging 15 points above the national average of 67. And three New Jersey cities scored a perfect 100.

New Jersey details are here.

This year, a record 110 cities achieved the highest score of 100 nationally, compared to just 11 in 2012, the MEI’s inaugural year. According to HRC, this illustrates the remarkable progress municipalities have made over the past decade.

“LGBTQ+ people are everywhere, in every city, county and zip code. Throughout its 10-year history, the Municipal Equality Index has focused on supporting and celebrating the work done by municipalities to serve LGBTQ+ people where they call home,” said JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs for the Human Rights Campaign. “This year, lawmakers across the state have focused on attacking transgender and non-binary children for no reason other than to hurt and erase them. Local leaders, however, have continued to move the needle of progress, and in doing so, they have spurred economic growth by signaling to residents, visitors and employers that their city is open to everyone.

The HRC Foundation, in partnership with The Equality Federation, released the 10th annual Municipal Equality Index late last year. It is the only national LGBTQ equality assessment of municipal policies, laws and services in 506 cities nationwide, including 12 in New Jersey.

“As the largest LGBTQIA rights organization in the Garden State, we are proud of the progress we have made at the state and local levels,” said Christian Fuscarino, executive director of Garden State Equality. “We are fortunate to have twice elected a true ally in the person of Governor Murphy. While we see disturbing trends based on misinformation and anti-LGBTQ+ propaganda, we remain committed to electing candidates and candidates who are strong supporters of our community.

“Garden State Equality understands the importance of having inclusive communities, and often times that starts with the leaders of these municipalities,” Fuscarino said. “With marriage equality, workplace and housing protections, an inclusive core program and more, we are proud of the work we have done and remain committed to making New Jersey the most successful state. inclusive and most welcoming in the country.”

The IRM report also contains an information note for policy makers that explains how municipalities can support transgender and non-binary people, as well as the types of challenges they face. The report details many ways a city can support the LGBTQ community.

“For 10 incredible years, MEI has helped guide, shape and inspire more inclusive laws and policies in cities of all sizes in every region of the country,” said State Legislative Director and Attorney Cathryn Oakley. principal for the human rights campaign and foundation. Author of the Municipal Equality Index. “This program is one of the main ways that HRC can impact the daily lives of our members, supporters and allies. Being able to personally see these communities continue to push themselves to better serve their LGBTQ+ communities over the years has been one of my greatest joys. I am incredibly proud of this project and of the MEI team who have made this report a vehicle for lasting change and of our partners in communities across the country who have enthusiastically embraced its possibilities.

The MEI rated 506 cities, including the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities in the United States, the five largest cities or towns in each state, the cities home to the two largest public universities in the state, the 75 municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples and 98 cities selected by members and supporters of the state group HRC and the Equality Federation. It rates each city on 49 criteria covering citywide anti-discrimination protections, policies for city employees, city services, law enforcement, and the city’s leadership on LGBTQ equality. .

New Jersey MEI Rankings Listed Alphabetically

  • Asbury Park 84
  • Elizabeth 71
  • Hoboken 93
  • Jersey City 100
  • Lambertville 98
  • Montclair 100
  • New Brunswick 67
  • New York 61
  • Ocean Grove (Neptune) 89
  • Paterson 62
  • Princeton 100
  • Trenton 95

New Jersey details are here.