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Dallas And Fort Worth Receive High Scores On LGBT Equality Report


The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 U.S. cities. Dallas and Fort Worth fared well, but other North Texas suburbs had low equality ratings.

Dallas and Fort Worth scored high on Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index, receiving a score of 91 and 83, respectively.

HRC determined the ratings based on six factors, including a city’s non-discrimination laws, inclusive services for the LGBT community and non-discriminatory municipal hiring practices.  

As for North Texas suburbs, Plano earned a score of 22, McKinney received a score of 12 and Mesquite and Irving both received zeros.

The average rating for all Texas cities was 22, below the HRC’s national average of 59.

Read the full report here.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.