Minneapolis and St. Paul earn top scores in LGBTQ inclusivity ranking
Minneapolis and St. Paul earned perfect scores for inclusive policies and practices toward LGBTQ residents in a new ranking from a national advocacy organization.
The big picture: The Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index evaluates factors such as non-discrimination laws and employer protections, with bonus points for additional measures such as support programs for LGBTQ youth.
Zoom in: While Minneapolis and St. Paul were the only cities in the state to receive a rating of 100, several other municipalities got high marks.
- Duluth scored 92 and Bloomington 82. Rochester rounded out the top five with a rating of 67.
The other side: The three other Minnesota cities included in the report didn't perform as well.
- Eden Prairie (53), Saint Cloud (50) and Minnetonka (45) lost points for what researchers said is a lack of leadership support and limited efforts to ensure LGBTQ residents are included in city services and programs.
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