Post Date:12/03/2020 11:51 AM
"The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released its 2020 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) scores and the Town of Chapel Hill has received the highest score of any municipality in North Carolina. With a score of 86, Chapel Hill has also been recognized as an “MEI All Star”, which is reserved for high scoring municipalities in states without non-discrimination laws that expressly include LGBTQ+ people. The new score shows that Chapel Hill continues to be a leader in advancing LGBTQ+ equality in North Carolina. “Chapel Hill is committed to being an inclusive, welcoming and supportive place for everyone,” said Mayor Pam Hemminger about the news. “I am proud of our ongoing progress toward achieving those goals.” The HRC rates cities across the United States each year based on their initiatives to support LGBTQ communities. The findings are compiled on the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) scorecard. Cities are given points for inclusive programs and policies, such as non-discrimination laws, transgender-inclusive health benefits for employees, inclusive workplaces and LGBTQ+ liaisons in the executive office. This year, Chapel Hill added 8 points to its 2019 score of 78 after creating a Youth Anti-Bullying policy for the town and by confirming that the town offers trans-inclusive health benefits for employees. “We are honored to be recognized for the hard work of our Town Council and our employees in making our organization and our community an inviting place to work and reside,” Town Manager Maurice Jones said."