Leaving aside economic justice for a moment, the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city leadership’s public position on equality.

While a score of 100 means Baltimore is ahead of hundreds of cities across the country, there’s still plenty of work to do.

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