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City of Atlanta Sets Record with Eighth Consecutive Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index

ATLANTA —
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the City of Atlanta has scored an eighth consecutive perfect score on the 2020 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Municipal Equality Index (MEI). Atlanta received nine bonus points for additional efforts taken by the City, for a total raw score of 109, and also achieved MEI "All-Star" status for scoring above 85 despite  Georgia's status as a state without non-discrimination statutes that expressly protect LGBTQ people.

"Atlanta's diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and our position as a global leader is due in large part to the invaluable contributions made by generations of LGBTQ residents in our city," said Mayor Bottoms. "While we are proud to receive this honor, our Administration continues to push for more progress and support for our LGBTQ communities so that we are truly One Atlanta."

The Bottoms Administration has become a national model for municipal leadership on LGBTQ affairs. Upon taking office, Mayor Bottoms prioritized LGBTQ affairs through a series of historic firsts, including the appointment of the city's first Director of LGBTQ Affairs, expanding access to PrEP, the creation of a diverse LGBTQ advisory board, and leveraging resources to provide funding for trans housing.

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"Under Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta has taken great strides to become a more inclusive, welcoming city for LGBTQ people," said Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign. "Atlanta has been a beacon of hope for LGBTQ people living in the South, and we are pleased to see its leaders and policies continue to push equality forward. We are also proud of the Mayor's new Director of LGBTQ Affairs, Malik Brown, who is a member of the Human Rights Campaign family and has been working tirelessly to improve the lived experience of LGBTQ people in Atlanta. We look forward to continuing our work with Mayor Bottoms and the city for years to come."

The Human Rights Campaign is the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. Their MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city's leadership on LGBTQ equality. The 2020 MEI is the ninth annual edition and rates a total of 506 cities on 49 different criteria from every state in the nation.

Mayor Bottoms and the Human Rights Campaign hosted two landmark events this year: the Mayor's Virtual LGBTQ Opportunity Fair and Connecting Communities: A National LGBTQ Liaison Summit. The Mayor's Virtual LGBTQ Opportunity Fair connected more than 800 LGBTQ people to employment opportunities and resources. The Connecting Communities summit brought together more than 100 LGBTQ municipal liaisons and allied city officials for a first-of-its-kind convening.

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The 2020 Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index can be accessed at: hrc.org/resources/municipal-equality-index.

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