Published : Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 8:00 PM
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a nonprofit organization that campaigns for equality for the LGBTQ community, has assigned the City of Pasadena a score of 84 in its 2017 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) Scorecard out of a highest possible score of 100.
The group gave Pasadena high scores in “Non-Discrimination Laws part of the evaluation — 30 out of a possible 30 — which evaluates whether discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited by a city, county, or state in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.
It also gave 24 out of a possible 24 in the “Municipality as an Employer” section of the evaluation. Here, a jurisdiction is rated according to the equivalent benefits and protection it offers to LGBTQ employees as well as how it treats fair-minded businesses.
In the “Municipal Services” section of the evaluation, which assesses the efforts of the city to ensure LGBTQ constituents are included in city services and programs, Pasadena got a score of 11 out of a possible 16. It got 12 out of a possible 22 in “Law Enforcement,” which includes the reporting of hate crimes and engaging with the LGBTQ community “in a thoughtful and respectful way.”
In the “Relationship with the LGBTQ Community” section, the Foundation gave Pasadena a score of 3 out of a possible 8. This measures the city leadership’s commitment to include the LGBTQ community fully and to advocate for full equality.
Each year, the Foundation issues the MEI as an evaluation of the municipal laws, policies, and services affecting the LGBTQ community.
Pasadena’s Director of Public Health, Michael Johnson, said this year’s score is an increase over the scores of the last two years.
“The City received additional points for services to LGBTQ youth and services for persons with HIV/AIDS,” Johnson said after viewing the evaluation. “Public Health will continue to evaluate opportunities to improve upon this scoring.”
According to an overview on its website, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation “improves the lives of LGBTQ people by working to increase understanding and encouraging the adoption of LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.”
For more information about the Human Rights Campaign Foundation report, visit www.hrc.org/hrc-story/hrc-foundation.