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Phoenix Receives Perfect Score For 2019 Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality IndexPhoenix Receives Perfect Score For 2019 Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index<div class="ExternalClass23E601C73E7344048A97853406086857"><p>​The city of Phoenix announced today that it​ received a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Municipal Equality Index. This marks the seventh year in a row that Phoenix has achieved a perfect score. This morning, Mayor Gallego, Vice Mayor Guardado, and Councilwomen Stark and Pastor celebrated the announcement with LGBTQ advocates and partners at the one n ten Youth Center. ​</p><p>HRC uses the Municipal Equality Index score to examine how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of the LGBTQ community who live and work in each city.  It is the only nationwide municipal rating system of LGBTQ inclusion.<br></p><p>“Phoenix' perfect score is a testament to the values and principles that make our city a welcoming place to live, work, and play. Cities must continue to be the guardians of LGBTQ protections until state and federal anti-discrimination laws are expanded to defend all LGBTQ individuals," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. <br></p><p>“Members and allies of the LGBTQ community have much to celebrate, but that does not mean the fight for their rights and freedoms is over," said Phoenix Vice Mayor Betty Guardado. “We must continue our work to make Phoenix an inclusive and safe place for all." <br></p><p>“There is a lot of effort that lies behind our city's perfect equality score," Councilmember Debra Stark said. “This work takes the form of non-profits partnering with the city, LGBTQ liaisons for city departments, and, most importantly, a non-discrimination ordinance that the city continues to uphold to protect our LGBTQ community members." <br></p><p>“This score is another example of Phoenicians embracing and celebrating our community's wonderful diversity. This diversity, in all its many forms, is what makes Phoenix a unique place to live and work, and what encourages people to make Phoenix their home," said Councilmember Laura Pastor. <br></p><p>The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality.​<br></p></div>11/19/2019 9:00:00 PMAnnie DeGraw(602) 534-9513