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As it hosts LGBT Leaders Conference, LB receives perfect score for equality

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The city of Long Beach has received a perfect score on the Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the first ever rating system of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) inclusion for cities. The MEI is a project of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute.
“Long Beach is only 1 of 11 cities to receive a perfect score of 100,” said Vice Mayor Robert Garcia. “That’s something we should all be very proud of, especially since we have such a large gay and lesbian population.”
The MEI rated the nation’s largest 50 cities, all the state capitols, and top mid-size cities in the nation. Over 130 cities were included.
“Long Beach is noted as a shining example of LGBT inclusivity, with excellent policies ranging from non-discrimination laws, an equal-benefits ordinance, and cutting-edge city services,” Garcia said. “We have worked hard to ensure that Long Beach has the most inclusive municipal laws on equality. Together, we were one of the first cities to pass the landmark equal-benefits ordinance and anti-bullying legislation. We have also supported full civil marriage equality, have an active Human Relations Commission and have numerous laws protecting LGBT people from housing, health, and benefit discrimination.”
Garcia said the news could not come at a better time, since the 2012 LGBT Leaders Conference begins this week in downtown Long Beach.
“We will have over 500 LGBT elected and appointed officials in the city to discuss the future of LGBT rights in America and internationally,” he said. “Our guests this week include the first-ever openly gay United States senator, Tammy Baldwin, who was just elected this November, and the entire LGBT Congressional delegation.”
The vice mayor said he looks forward to welcoming them and to the expected $500,000 boost to the local economy that is expected from their visit.
For more information on the conference, visit files/conference2012 .

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As it hosts LGBT Leaders Conference, LB receives perfect score for equality