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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



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