City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:110717
City of Long Beach Earns Perfect Score Plus 10 Bonus Points in Municipal Equality Index
Kevin Lee
Interim Public Affairs Officer
City Manager’s Office

For six years in a row, the City of Long Beach has been named one of the best cities in the nation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) inclusion in municipal law and policy. Long Beach was one of only 68 out of 506 cities nationwide to achieve a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index (MEI).

“Long Beach takes pride in the accomplishments and contributions of our LGBTQ community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We will continue to celebrate our City’s diversity and remain committed to strengthening the communities that make our city great.”

Long Beach has long recognized LGBTQ rights in its municipal laws and policies. Examples highlighted in the 2017 report include the Non-Discrimination Laws pertaining to Employment, Housing, and Public Accommodations; City Contractor Non-Discrimination Ordinance; Workplace Inclusiveness Training; Trans-Inclusive Healthcare Benefits; the City’s Enumerated Anti-Bullying School Policies; Non-Discrimination in City Employment; the Human Rights Commission; the Police Department’s LGBTQ Liaison; City leadership’s public positions regarding LGBTQ equality; the City Council’s pro-equality legislative and policy efforts; and the City’s LGBTQ leadership.

This year the City of Long Beach received a new record score of 100, plus ten bonus points. Cities are rated on a scale of 0-100, with bonus points awarded for items which apply to some, but not all cities.

Eleven other cities in California received perfect scores. When considering total scores plus bonus points, Long Beach tied with the City of San Diego for fourth highest ranking in the State, scoring only lower than San Francisco, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles.

The MEI examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBTQ people who live and work there. The 2017 MEI rated 506 cities from every state in the nation, with a total population of 94,237,171 people.

According to the 2017 MEI:

  • Only 25 percent of the cities scored over 79 points.
  • Nationally, the average city score was 57 points.
  • In California, the average score was 76, up three points from last year.
  • Twenty-four million people live in cities with fully-inclusive local protections that are not guaranteed by the states in which they live.
  • There are 41 “All-Star” Cities, or cities that scored above 85 points despite being in states with no state-level LGBTQ protections.

The 506 cities rated by the MEI include the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities in the United States, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state, 99 cities home to the state’s two largest public universities (including undergraduate and graduate enrollment), 25 cities and municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples, and 98 cities selected by members and supporters of Human Rights Campaign and Equality Federation state organizations.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans. The report is available at

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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