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Hawaii cities score above national average in LGBT report

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:39 a.m. HST, Nov 22, 2013

A national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization released a report Thursday that rates four Hawaii cities above the national average in LGBT inclusion in municipal law.

The Human Rights Campaign released the 2013 Municipal Equality Index, which rates 291 cities across the country on 47 criteria in six categories: non-discrimination laws; relationship recognition; municipality's employment and contracting policies; inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement; and municipal leadership on equality issues.

The report evaluated 50 state capitals, the 150 most populous cities in the country and the three largest cities in every state.

The average score for all cities in the report was 57 points. Honolulu led the state with a score of 72. Manoa and Pearl City scored 64 while Hilo scored 61.

"Equality isn't just for the coasts anymore," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "This groundbreaking report shows that cities and towns across the country, from Vicco, Kentucky to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, are leading the charge for basic fairness for LGBT people."

MEI 2013 Report

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HanabataDays wrote:
I'm not sure I'd count Manoa as a "city", certainly not one of the "three most populous in the state".
on November 21,2013 | 09:38AM
8082062424 wrote:
Wonder how Waikiki scored
on November 21,2013 | 09:43AM
Skyler wrote:
We got 'Pono Choices' in schools, now this. Get ready to be indoctrinated.
on November 21,2013 | 10:46PM
sooregonian wrote:
Skyler -- Home School is the safe and humane response for our precious keiki...works for us.
on November 22,2013 | 07:42AM
sooregonian wrote:
SB1: This Aloha law builds a gay golden bridge for the alternative types to inundate the islands. They don't even need a passport to enter paradise, just a couple days of panhandling will "earn" them a one way ticket to equality. Many will certainly be transients and will exacerbate the homeless hellhole that is Oahu.
on November 22,2013 | 07:40AM
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