WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including nine in Kansas.
The average score for cities in Kansas is 35 out of 100 points, which falls below the national average of 57.
Emporia: 23; Hutchinson: 32; Kansas City: 35; Lawrence: 74; Manhattan: 57; Olathe 7; Overland Park: 19; Topeka: 35; Wichita: 31.
The Index assesses each city on 44 criteria covering city-wide nondiscrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services, law enforcement, and city leadership’s relationship with the LGBTQ community.
The full report, including detailed scorecards for every city, as well as a searchable database, is available online at www.hrc.org/mei.