Anyone who’s ever watched the City of Greensboro’s government in action knows that one very high priority is promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. And one index that measures such things – specifically, the city’s treatment of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) community – has found that the city is not good, not great, but is in fact perfect in that regard.
That’s an honor Greensboro shares this year with only one other city in the state – Chapel Hill.
The City of Greensboro scored a perfect 100 points in the 2023 Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which is a metric that “examines the laws, policies and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who live and work in the city. Among the index categories where Greensboro scored highest were in municipal services, law enforcement and the City’s relationship with the LGBT community.”
The Human Rights Campaign is a four-decade-old organization that fights for LGBTQ+ rights. It represents more than 1.5 million members and supporters of LGBT equality across the US.
This is the third year in a row that Greensboro received a perfect score in this regard.
Some other cities that came out well in the index – though not perfect – were Charlotte with a score of 95, Carrboro with a 95, and Durham and Winston-Salem, which came in at 91 and 90 respectively.
Raleigh was given a score of 78 by the Human Rights Campaign, while Wilmington got a 66 and Cary a 54.
Fayetteville didn’t do so well in the index, only mustering a score of 34.