Dubuque, Iowa City, West Des Moines all score 100/100.

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has issued its 2021 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), a ranking of municipalities across the country based on the inclusiveness of their laws, policies, and services for LGBTQ+ residents. Dubuque, Iowa City and West Des Moines each earned perfect scores of 100 out of 100 possible points.  The national city average score is 67 points.

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The HRC has issued the annual Municipal Equality Index, ranking cities on a scale from zero to 100 based on 44 criteria covering non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the City leadership’s public position on equality.

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2021 scores for cities in Iowa:

  • Ames – 94
  • Cedar Rapids – 97
  • Davenport – 98
  • Des Moines – 96
  • Dubuque – 100
  • Iowa City – 100
  • Sioux City – 79
  • Waterloo – 71
  • West Des Moines – 100

The full report, including detailed scorecards for every city, as well as a searchable database, is available online at hrc.org/mei.

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