Columbia earns perfect score on Municipal Equality Index

4 months 6 days 52 minutes ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 2:10:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
By: Emily Sanderson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, city officials announced Thursday. 

The annual evaluation examined hundreds of cities on how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there.

Columbia was one of 68 cities out of 506 who earned a perfect score. The city also received an All Star rating, which is awarded to cities who earn high scores in states without supportive LGBTQ laws.

“Especially in a state where people can still be fired, denied housing, and refused public services simply for being LGBT, Columbia’s leadership on LGBT equality is not only impressive, it is critical to the health, safety, and well-being of LGBT people in our state," Steph Perkins, Executive Director of PROMO said in a press release.

The Index evaluated cities based on criteria including transgender-inclusive health benefits, diversity and inclusion training and public accommodations like restrooms. 

"Columbia's score is thanks to many changes the city has adopted at the recommendation of both the HRC and the city' Commission on Human Rights," Columbia Human Rights Commission Chair-elect Zach Rubin said. "City employees being offered transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, the appointment of a LGBT police liaison position, and increasingly vocal support from city leadership."

City officials said the perfect score is not the only effect they're seeing.

"Services like our LGBTQ liason, who helps connect LGBTQ residents with city items, have really helped us connect with the community, which is what really matters to us" Public Communications Specialist Sara Humm said. 

Rubin said they will continue to make changes to achieve a more inclusive environment. 

"We certainly won’t rest on the laurels of a perfect score, as there is always more we can do. The HRC does change their criteria from time to time, and we anticipate responding to that when they do," Rubin said. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – Dogs are putting their hunting skills to the test at a nationwide event in Columbia this weekend. ... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, February 25 2018 Feb 25, 2018 Sunday, February 25, 2018 12:32:00 AM CST February 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - People from the community put on their bowling shoes to help raise money for a local high school.... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:24:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A popular Asian elephant at the Saint Louis Zoo has died. The zoo... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:23:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
FAYETTE - Black History Month is coming to an end, but there's still a lot to celebrate. Members of the... More >>
14 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 5:58:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Having a healthy heart was a lesson for people of all ages on Saturday. People attending “Be... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 4:05:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police have taken a 13-year-old male into custody Saturday in connection with a social media post community... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 2:38:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Hickman has named Cedric Alvis its new head football coach. Alvis is a Hickman graduate and former... More >>
18 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 1:39:18 PM CST February 24, 2018 in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a pedestrian has been hit and killed in a southeastern section of St. Louis.... More >>
18 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 1:39:04 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Cradle to Career Alliance hosted a symposium Saturday on what strategies they recommend to help increase your... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 12:24:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS — Two men convicted in a 2015 drive-by shooting of a St. Louis police sergeant have been sentenced... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:44:00 AM CST February 24, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD — A 75-year-old man has been found guilty of financially exploiting an older Springfield woman. Howard Roberts of... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:43:00 AM CST February 24, 2018 in News
Chesterfield, MO - Nearly two weeks after a shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed seventeen students and teachers, students... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:18:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Some veterans living in or near the Truman VA clinic often have to make the drive to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 8:07:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Ameren Missouri proposed an incentive program to install more charging stations for electric cars across Missouri. The program,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 7:28:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
ST. CHARLES - The man accused in the death of trooper James Bava is facing lowered charges as his second... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 5:45:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department spent the morning investigating a possible threat against Columbia Public Schools. The post... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 4:27:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Show-Me State Games isn't officially until June, but the competition is already underway. More than 90... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 4:22:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mary Ratliff grew up in the small community of Ripley, Mississipi. It is a community where she said... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 1:52:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 30°
8am 34°
9am 36°
10am 38°
11am 41°