The index scored cities across the nation on their non-discrimination laws; benefits, protections and municipal services for LGBTQ employees and residents; and their relationship to this segment of the population. Across the nation, the average municipal score was 55 points.
Dayton scored very highly on the index in past years, but this was the first time it received perfect marks.
In addition, Dayton once again was recognized as an “all star” city for its laws and policies that promote equality in state that lacks fully inclusive LGBTQ non-discrimination laws, according to the campaign.
Inclusivity and equality are among Dayton’s core values, but also they are good business because young people increasingly want to live in places that embrace diversity, city officials said.
“The HRC Municipality Equality Index examines issues of importance to LGBTQ people, but it also is a template for a city to use in measuring its inclusivity to all groups of people,” said Kerry Gray, Dayton’s director of the commission who was among the first gay people to be wed in Ohio when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must allow same-sex marriage.