Dayton receives perfect score on Municipal Equality Index – Named All Star City by Human Rights Campaign
Release Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Dayton received a perfect score (100 out of 100 points) on the Human Rights
Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index released today. The score acknowledges
Dayton’s anti-discrimination ordinance, inclusive employment policies, law
enforcement practices, municipal services and other factors.
Dayton was also named an All-Star City for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) rights by HRC, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization.
“I am very proud of Dayton’s scoring 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal
Equality Index,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. “Dayton is one of only 60 cities
nation-wide to earn 100 points. This year, Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati are the
only Ohio cities to receive this rating, which reflects not only our inclusion of the
LGBT community in Dayton’s success, but also inclusion of everyone in Dayton’s
The Municipal Equality Index evaluated 506 cities of varying sizes. This is the third
year that Dayton has earned a high equality score despite the lack of statewide
inclusion laws and policies supporting equality. Cincinnati and Columbus were also
awarded perfect scores.
“The HRC Municipality Equality Index examines issues of importance to LGBTQ
people, but it also is a template for a city to use in measuring its inclusivity to all
groups of people,” said Kery Gray, Director of Commission and the Mayor’s Liaison to
the LGTBQ community. “Even before the HRC officially included Dayton in its rating
process in 2014, Dayton was using those standards as a guide to welcoming everyone
in Dayton. Being a welcoming community means welcoming everyone, all ages, all
heritages, all backgrounds and making everyone a part of Dayton’s future and its
The full report and Dayton’s scorecard are online at hrc.org/mei.