LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington received its highest score ever, a 93 out of 100, from a civil rights organization for its inclusiveness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities.
Each year, Human Rights Campaign ranks cities based on how inclusive municipal laws, policies and services are of the LGBT communities.
Lexington has been rated by the Human Rights Campaign since 2013 and has increased its score, moving up from 53 to 93.
“Our city works hard to be open and fair to everyone, including the LGBTQ community. It’s the right thing to do,” Mayor Linda Gorton said in a statement. “We were the first county in Kentucky to pass a Fairness Ordinance, and we continue to take actions that improve the lives of those in our LGBTQ community.”
Gorton says she has already created a workgroup that will review the Human Rights Campaign score, and provide recommendations on how Lexington can improve future scores, with a goal of receiving a perfect 100.
“Businesses, travelers and potential residents look at how a city welcomes the LGBTQ community before visiting or relocating,” said Craig Cammack, the Mayor’s LGBTQ Liaison. “The Human Rights Campaign Equality Index Score is one of the premier methods to find out this information, and we are focused on reaching a perfect score. It is important to showcase the fairness in our community. It can help us attract new businesses and visitors.”
This year, Lexington celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the passage of its Fairness Ordinance, which provides protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. There are now 15 locations in Kentucky that have similar fairness ordinances.
The full Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index score can be found here.