Editorial: Inclusion, the Bill of Rights and Rule 33

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Last Thursday, the city of Worcester announced it received its second consecutive score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index.

A perfect score on the index reflects the city’s efforts in “establishing fully-inclusive local protections for LGBT people.”

The index rates “cities based on 41 criteria that fall into five broad categories: Non-discrimination laws; municipal employment policies, including transgender-inclusive insurance coverage and non-discrimination requirements for contractors; inclusiveness of city services; law enforcement, including hate crimes reporting; and municipal leadership on matters of equality.”

Worcester fell short on Leadership’s Public Position on LGBT Equality, for which it received a score of 4 out of 5; and Leadership’s Pro-Equality Legislative or Policy Efforts, 1 out of 3. [For those wondering how it reached 100 points, there were bonus points in other categories.]


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