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St. Petersburg scores below average for LGBT legal protections

6:29 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- While Orlando, Miami, and Tampa ranked the top three Florida cities for protecting the rights of gay and transgender Floridians, St. Petersburg scored 46 points out of 100.

The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is the first national rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law and features 11 Florida cities that have a high concentration of LGBT residents, according to the latest census.

The average score for cities in Florida is 52 out of 100 points.
Here's how the cities scored from highest to lowest:

  • Orlando (77)
  • Miami (72)
  • Tampa (66)
  • Wilton Manors (62) & Fort Lauderdale (62)
  • Oakland Park (54)
  • St. Petersburg (46), Tallahassee (46)
  • Hollywood (36)
  • Miami Shores (34)
  • Jacksonville (15)

The report is compiled by the Human Rights Campaign in collaboration with state organizers, the Equality Federation and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

The MEI rates cities based on 47 criteria falling under six broad categories:

  • Non-discrimination laws
  • Relationship recognition
  • The municipality's employment practices
  • Inclusiveness of city services
  • Law enforcement
  • Municipal leadership

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