The Human Rights Campaign released the 2022 Municipal Equality Index, and Fort Worth is on the list. How did we score?
Each year, the Human Rights Campaign releases a Municipal Equality Index that takes a deep dive into municipal laws, policies, and services and how inclusive they are of LGBTQ+ people. This year’s edition examined 506 cities on 49 different criteria across five categories — non-discrimination laws, municipality as employer, services and programs, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality.
Based on these criteria, Fort Worth earned a score of 100 out of 100. A perfect score. Here’s a breakdown of how we got here… and how we can go even further.
This category looks at whether LGBTQ+ discrimination is prohibited by law in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation. Fort Worth achieved a 30 out of 30 for our laws across the state, county, and municipality.
Municipality as employer
Cities can achieve points for inclusive employment policies like trans-inclusive healthcare policies and non-discrimination in city employment. Fort Worth got a 20 out of 28, but earned bonus points for city employee domestic partner benefits.
Services and programs
This section considers the city’s efforts to include LGBTQ+ folks in city services and programs. Fort Worth scored 12 out of 12, and got bonus points for city-offered services to LGBTQ+ older adults and those living with HIV or AIDS.
Looking at the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community, Fort Worth earned 22 out of 22.
Leadership on LGBTQ+ equality
This section looks at city leadership’s commitment to advocacy and inclusion. Fort Worth got a 7 out of 8.
Where we can improve
Even a perfect score doesn’t mean a perfect city. Fort Worth earned its perfect score with bonus points and would achieve a higher score from the HRC with a few extra efforts. For example, the municipality could offer transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits to its employees and Fort Worth could elect or appoint an openly LGBTQ+ leader.
If you want to get involved, here are some local organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community.
How do you think we could make our community more welcoming to all? Let us know.