Cincinnati gets 'average' ranking for LGBT protections

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati got a score of 77 on a new index of U.S. cities that gauges their policies aimed at ensuring equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

The index of 137 American cities was conducted by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization.

Cincinnati and Cleveland both scored 77 points, and Columbus scored 83.

The average score for cities in Ohio is 79 out of 100 points, which is in line with the national average.

Details about Cincinnati's score can be found here.

The first-ever rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law found that some of the most progressive policies in the nation have been implemented at the municipal level.

Key findings from the index include: Eleven of the 137 cities surveyed earned a perfect score of 100 points; one-fourth of the cities rated scored over 80 points; and 45 percent of cites surveyed obtained a score of 60 or higher.

Just under a quarter of the cities scored less than 20 points, including eight cities that scored under 10 points and three that scored zero.

The index rates cities based on 47 criteria in six categories. They are non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, the municipality's employment practices, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement and municipal leadership.

"While the state of Ohio has lagged behind the rest of the country in statewide protections for LGBT Ohioans, Ohio's major cities understand that for a city to succeed in today's economy, all its residents need to feel safe, free to bring all of themselves to where they live, work and play," said Elyzabeth Holford, executive director of Equality Ohio.

The full report, including long form scorecards for every city and a searchable database, is available online at

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