Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

HRC unveils municipal equality report
by Erica Demarest, Windy City Times
2012-12-05

This article shared 1942 times since Wed Dec 5, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Chicago ranked highly in the new Human Rights Campaign (HRC) LGBT equality report, released Nov. 27.

The 2012 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), as it is called, rated 137 U.S. cities on a scale of 0-100, using categories such as "non-discrimination laws" or "relationship recognition." Bonus points were awarded for city-specific initiatives.

"Our nation is on an irreversible path forward in LGBT equality, and local and state-level advocacy ensures our voices are heard in public squares across the country," HRC President Chad Griffin said in a press release. "This index gives advocates and municipal lawmakers a potent tool to improve the lives of LGBT people."

Eleven cities—including Seattle, San Francisco, Boston and St. Louis—earned perfect scores of 100 points.

Chicago was not far behind with a 95. The city garnered points for its approach to law enforcement and hate crimes, municipal services and programs, and state-issued civil unions.

Chicago earned only 16 of 26 possible points regarding its LGBT employment policies. However, openly gay leadership and trans-friendly initiatives delivered a boost in bonus points.

The MEI report was issued in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute. Of the 137 cities profiled, 50 were state capitals, 50 were America's most populous cities, and 75 (25 large, 25 mid-size, 25 small) boasted the highest proportion of same-sex couples, according to a William Institute analysis of 2010 U.S. Census data.

A quarter of the cities surveyed earned more than 80 points, while nearly half obtained 60s or higher.

"Advances at the local level are often unheralded, but they are critical to building the momentum we need for statewide and federal victories," said Rebecca Isaacs, executive director of Equality Federation Institute. "[This report] is a powerful tool to help push local governments to do better."

Springfield (the only Illinois city besides Chicago to be rated) earned a 70. Statewide non-discrimination and civil-union laws enhanced the score, but the municipality scored just 7 of 26 possible points for its treatment of LGBT employees. Failing categories included "domestic partner health benefits" and "equivalent family leave."

Additionally, Springfield lost points for not providing a mayoral LGBT liaison or office of LGBT affairs.

Chicago, on the other hand, earned a perfect score in the same category—a designation some have found questionable since Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently dismantled the Advisory Council on LGBT Issues and dismissed the LGBT liaison to the city.

Nationally, about a third of the surveyed cities scored between 40 and 60. Eight cities—including Pleasant Ridge, Mich., and Jackson, Miss.—saw scores lower than 10. Additionally, Montgomery, Ala.; Frankfort, Ky.; and Jefferson City, Mo., scored zeros.

To see the full report, including scorecards and a searchable database, visit www.hrc.org/mei.


This article shared 1942 times since Wed Dec 5, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

More than half of American Indian, Alaskan Native LGBT adults in the U.S. have been attacked 2021-10-21
--From a Williams Institute press release - A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that the estimated 285,000 adults in the U.S. that identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native (AIAN) and LGBT report high rates of ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Foster-parent case, stars speak out, Texas youth, 'Queer Eye,' HIV 2021-10-17
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Lambda Legal, together with the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along ...


Gay News

WORLD Plus magazine, The Guardian, Dutch princess, anti-trans ruling 2021-10-17
- The largest circulated HIV publication in the country, Plus, unveiled its 25 Amazing People of the Year, per a press release. Just a few of the individuals are actor Billy Porter; Mandisa Nikita Dukashe: South African ...


Gay News

Jury selection in Smollett trial starts Nov. 29 2021-10-15
- The Jussie Smollett saga continues. Almost three years since out actor Jussie Smollett (TV's Empire; the film Alien: Covenant) was allegedly attacked in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood, Cook County Judge James ...


Gay News

Attorneys general file pro-transgender brief 2021-10-15
- A coalition of 20 attorneys general, including Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and New York counterpart Letitia James, filed an amicus brief in the case of Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools, opposing the plaintiffs' efforts ...


Gay News

Chicago Plumbing Code allows all-gender multiple occupancy restrooms 2021-10-15
--From a Community Restroom Access Project (CRAP) press release - CHICAGO — The Community Restroom Access Project (CRAP) applauds passage Thursday by the Chicago City Council of the plumbing code modernization ordinance that will allow businesses and building owners to ...


Gay News

Appeals court reinstates Texas abortion law 2021-10-09
- On Oct. 8, a federal appeals court put a temporary hold on a judge's order that had blocked Texas' six-week abortion ban, CNN.com reported. Just two days earlier, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman issued an order ...


Gay News

Toni Preckwinkle addresses security incidents 2021-10-08
- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released a statement regarding two recent situations connected with her security detail. "In the past few months, there have been two separate incidents when members of my Executive Detail have ...


Gay News

Ex-NU professor found guilty of murdering boyfriend 2021-10-08
- On Oct. 7, Cook County jurors deliberated for less than two hours before finding former Northwestern University Wyndham Lathem guilty in the gruesome stabbing death of his boyfriend, The Chicago Tribune reported. Jurors heard about a ...


Gay News

Federal judge blocks strict Texas abortion law 2021-10-07
- On Oct. 6, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman issued an order blocking the state's six-week abortion ban, according to Texas Lawyer. Pitman, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, granted the department's request for ...


Gay News

Equality Now's virtual global gala Oct. 12 2021-10-06
- Equality Now announced that its annual Make Equality Reality Gala will be held Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. Since 1992, Equality Now has worked to ensure that laws treat men and women ...


Gay News

New Supreme Court session: Religion dominates 2021-10-04
- First in the spotlight as the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new session Monday (October 4) is the seemingly precarious state of the right to abortion, an issue LGBT groups have long considered to be of ...


Gay News

Out state Sen. Mike Simmons aims to 'prioritize people' in economic, healthcare equity fight 2021-10-04
- Each week, Illinois state Sen. Mike Simmons' constituents pile into his office to share ideas about how to improve their lives. Through conversations with single mothers raising young children in poverty, residents facing displacement and teenagers ...


Gay News

SPORTS Women's soccer commissioner resigns in wake of scandal 2021-10-04
- National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Commissioner Lisa Baird resigned after approximately 19 months on the job amid allegations that a former coach engaged in sexual harassment and misconduct, NPR reported. ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Black AIDS Institute, non-binary person attacked, Rachel Maddow 2021-10-03
- The board of directors of the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) announced the appointments of Toni Newman as its interim chief executive officer and Dr. Kemal M. Atkins as managing director, a press release noted. In addition, ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.