Topeka City Government LGBTQ + Inclusiveness Report Says Very High
The Topeka city government tied this year with the town of Overland Park to have the state’s most inclusive laws, policies and municipal services for LGBTQ + residents, according to a national report.
The Washington, DC-based human rights campaign assigned the city of Topeka a municipal equality index of 93, Mayor Michelle De La Isla noted during her monthly press conference with the city manager on Tuesday. Brent Trout.
This report also listed scores of 93 for Overland Park, 86 for Lawrence, 81 for Manhattan, 72 for Wichita, 71 for Olathe, 68 for Kansas City, Kan., 63 for Emporia, 61 for Hutchinson.
HRC is the largest LGBTQ + rights group and political lobbying organization in the United States
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the MEI, according to the CRH website.
This index is “the country’s premier benchmarking tool for city officials, policy makers and business leaders to understand the extent to which cities across the country are mainstreaming LGBTQ + inclusion into their laws, policies and services. “the HRC website said.
De La Isla said she and Trout have been working since 2017 to improve the city’s MEI score, which she described as “very important.”
Topeka town’s score in the annual report was “a lot, very low,” Trout said.
“It’s amazing how far we’ve come in such a short time,” he said.
This year’s report gave Topeka the following ratings:
• 30 out of 30 possible for its non-discrimination laws.
• 20 out of 28 possible for the benefits and services offered to LGBTQ + employees as an employer.
• 10 out of 12 possible to ensure LGBTQ + residents are included in city services and programs.
• 22 out of 22 possible for fair application of laws and for law enforcement engagement with the LGBTQ + community in a thoughtful and respectful manner.
• And 8 out of 8 for city leaders‘ commitment to fully include the LGBTQ + community and advocate for full equality.
This totaled 90 points, with the Topeka municipal government also receiving three additional “flex points”.