At­lanta scores 82 for ‘mu­nic­i­pal equal­ity’; other Ga. cities fail LGBT rat­ings

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At­lanta scored 82 out of 100 on LGBT is­sues in the new Mu­nic­i­pal Equal­ity In­dex re­leased by the Hu­man Rights Cam­paign.

Three other Ge­or­gia mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties — all known for be­ing LGBT-friendly — re­ceived much lower scores: De­catur re­ceived a score of 27, the North Druid Hills area of Dekalb County re­ceived 15 and Avon­dale Es­tates, home to openly gay State Rep. Karla Dren­ner, scored 8.

The report ex­am­ines al­most 50 LGBTre­lated cri­te­ria in 137 cities, in­clud­ing the 50 state cap­i­tals, 50 cities with the high­est pop­u­la­tions in the coun­try, and the top 25 large cities, top 25 medium-sized cities, and top 25 small cities with the high­est con­cen­tra­tions of same-sex cou­ples iden­ti­fied in the 2010 U.S. Cen­sus.

Scores are based on poli­cies and pro­ce­dures and are not a mea­sure of the “cli­mate” for LGBT peo­ple, since some ar­eas can seem friendly and ac­cept­ing even with­out ac­tual laws on the books, HRC stressed.

De­catur City Man­ager Peggy Mer­riss has said she plans to re­sub­mit the city’s sur­vey.

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