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Fort Worth scores a perfect 100 for LGBTQ inclusiveness on national scorecard

Posted Nov. 20, 2019

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Fort Worth scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which measures cities’ inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

The 2019 Municipal Equality Index is a rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law. To earn perfect scores, cities must embrace inclusive laws and policies that often go beyond explicit protections offered by their state or the federal government, the report stated.

This is the fourth consecutive year Fort Worth has scored 100. Fort Worth scored 99 points in 2015, 83 points in 2014, 91 points in 2013 and 89 points in 2012.

Fort Worth’s 2019 scores, based on five broad categories:

  • Non-discrimination laws, 30 out of 30 points.
  • The municipality’s employment practices, 20 out of 28 points.
  • Municipal services, 12 out of 12 plus six bonus points.
  • Law enforcement, 22 out of 22 points.
  • Leadership on LGBTQ equality, seven out of eight points plus three bonus points.

Here’s how other Texas cities stacked up on the scorecard:

  • Austin, 100 points.
  • Dallas, 100 points.
  • San Antonio, 100 points.
  • Houston, 70 points.
  • El Paso, 53 points.
  • Arlington, 58 points.

The full report, including scorecards for every city and a searchable database, is available on the Human Rights Campaign website.

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Watercress Low Pressure Sewer Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Dec. 11, 2019; Fort Worth Police Mounted Patrol Facility, 1901 N. Las Vegas Trail.

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report Public Hearing: 6:15 p.m. Dec. 11, 2019; FWPD North Division, Community Room.

Canceled Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities Meeting: 10 a.m. Dec. 12, 2019; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missorie Ave.

Senior Holiday Luncheon at Handley Meadowbrook: 11 a.m. Dec. 12, 2019; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St.

Regionl Transportation Council Meeting: 1 p.m. Dec. 12, 2019; North Central Texas Council of Governments, Transportation Council Room, 1st Floor, 616 Six Flags Dr, Arlington, TX, 76011.
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Regular Meeting of The Construcion and Fire Prevention Board of Appeals: 2 p.m. Dec. 12, 2019; Development Conference Room, Lower Level, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Winter Wonderland Dance at Greenbriar Community Center: 5 p.m. Dec. 12, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill.

Municipal Court Hearing: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13, 2019; Southwest Municipal Court, Court No. 9, 3741 Southwest Loop 280.
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Deferred Compensation Oversite Committee Meeting: 9 a.m. Dec. 13, 2019; Fort Worth Credit Union Board Room, 2309 Montgomery St.
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Winter Bash at Handley Meadowbrook Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 13, 2019; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty.

Winter Dance at R.D. Evans Community Center: 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 2019; R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Rd..

Holiday Drop & Shop at Southwest Community Center: 9 a.m. Dec. 14, 2019; Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Ave.

Canceled Trinity Metro Board of Directors Meeting: 8 a.m. Dec. 16, 2019; Fort Worth Central Station, 1001 Jones Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
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Building Standars Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Dec. 16, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Building Standards Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16, 2019; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Southgate Development Infrastructure Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Dec. 16, 2019; Texas Health Hugley Fitness Center, 11801 S. Freeway.

Audit Committee: 1 p.m. Dec. 17, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Fort Worth Local Development Corporation Meeting: 2 p.m. Dec. 17, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas St.

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