Three Massachusetts cities have earned perfect scores for their LGBT-inclusive policies. In the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), Cambridge, Boston and Worcester were among the 31 cities nationwide that scored 100%.
MEI analyzes policies and practices of 408 of the largest cities across the country—taking into account local non-discrimination laws, transgender healthcare access, and domestic partner benefits among 11 other factors. That three perfect scores hail from Massachusetts is a testament to the momentum across Massachusetts for comprehensive non-discrimination protections.
Comprehensive local non-discrimination protections are especially important to transgender Bay Staters, as state law currently lacks explicit protections banning gender identity discrimination in public spaces like hotels, restaurants and medical offices. 13 municipalities across the state—including Cambridge, Boston and Worcester—have adopted transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws. And earlier this year, the mayors from these 13 cities formed the Massachusetts Mayors for Freedom coalition to call on state lawmakers to swiftly passage of HB 1577 and SB 735, noting that full protections for transgender people have strengthened their local communities.
We thank these three Massachusetts cities for leading the charge to a day when no one in our Commonwealth has to fear discrimination simply because of who they are—and we call on state lawmakers to follow suit when they return in January by passing legislation at long last fully protecting transgender Bay Staters under Massachusetts law.