PITTSBURGH, PA (October 8, 2018) The City of Pittsburgh, Office of Mayor William Peduto is proud to share that for the second year in a row the City scored 100 on the Human Rights Commission Municipal Equality Index Scorecard (MEI). The 2018 MEI scorecard graded the City on clear criteria, non-discrimination laws, municipal services, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQ equality.
A few examples of areas MEI scored cities on include the offering of transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, providing services to LGBTQ youth and elderly, an LGBTQ police liaison, and non-discrimination in City employment. While the final score cannot exceed 100 the city has a total of 11 bonus points it received.
The MEI rates municipalities of varying sizes from across the United States, this year they rated 506 cities including Pittsburgh. As the City of Pittsburgh forges forward, it is initiatives like this that help keep us accountable and transparent and are paramount to making a city for all. In less than three years we have improved our score and have been able to make significant improvements. Understanding that there is more work that needs to be done the city uses this information to make recommendations and changes within Pittsburgh to bring about an environment of equity for all.