Office of Mayor William Peduto
Pittsburgh Improves LGBT Equality Ranking
City scores 90 of 100 points in Human Rights Campaign study

PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 13, 2014) Pittsburgh scored 90 out of 100 points in the latest municipal equality rankings by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.

This year’s score on the city’s laws and policies impacting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people jumped from 72 a year ago, for an improvement of 25%.

Just 38 of the 358 cities studied nationwide received full 100-point scores. “Perfect scores are earned by cities with exemplary LGBT policies, ranging from non-discrimination laws and equal employee benefits, to cutting edge city services and strong relationships with the LGBT community,” according to the HRC.

The average city score nationwide was 59 points.

“I’m very proud of Pittsburgh’s efforts to promote LGBT equality, and this recognition from the Human Rights Campaign, but there is more we can do. My administration will work over the next year along with City Council to try to achieve a perfect score,” Mayor William Peduto said.

"What a great time to be in Pittsburgh-- where recognition of equal voice and opportunity for the LGBT community is a top priority among city leadership," said City Council President Bruce Kraus. "We should take pride in our improvements while continuing to serve as pioneers in creating a city with truly inclusive LGBT policies."

The full 2014 “Municipal Equality Index” is available from the HRC here. Pittsburgh’s scoresheet is here.

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Published:
Friday, November 14, 2014
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Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
City of Pittsburgh
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