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Dive into Fort Worth’s 2023 Municipal Equality Index score

Why Cowtown scored 100 out of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

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The Human Rights Campaign released the 2023 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. In case you missed it, that’s the same as last year’s score. Here’s a breakdown of how we got here… and how that score might change.

Non-discrimination laws

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.

Law enforcement

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.

Looking ahead

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. The city could also achieve more bonus points by offering services to the transgender community and LGBTQ+ people experiencing homelessness.

If you want to get involved, here are some local organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community.