PHOENIX AWARDED TOP EQUALITY SCORE BY NATIONAL ORGANIZATION
PHOENIX – The City of Phoenix has been awarded a top score of 100 by national group the Human Rights Campaign on its Municipal Equality Index. Phoenix is the most improved city to receive the highest score this year, having earned a score of 70 in 2012. Earlier this year, the Phoenix City Council passed an inclusive non-discrimination ordinance that expanded protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or disability for the purposes of employment, public accommodations, housing and government contracts. The index evaluated 291 cities nationwide, looking at LGBT non-discrimination protections, relationship recognition, employment, services and overall rapport with the LGBT community.
Phoenix City Council member and member of the Equality Arizona Board of Directors Tom Simplot said today, “Phoenix is changing how we do business, and this score is recognition of our hard work to be inclusive and protect the rights of the GLBT community. The hard work of the citizens of Phoenix along with the leadership of Mayor Stanton, Councilmen Johnson and Valenzuela and Councilwoman Williams helped us secure a more equal future for Phoenix and Arizona.”
To celebrate Phoenix becoming a more inclusive city, please join us at Mayor Greg Stanton’s press conference tomorrow:
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Phoenix City Hall Atrium, 200 W. Washington, Phoenix
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HOW: For additional information, please contact:
C. Murphy Hebert