The City of Greensboro scored an 85 out of 100 possible points in the latest listing of the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The score ranks Greensboro first among all other cities in North Carolina and South Carolina.

The MEI examines the laws, policies and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who live and work in the city. Among the index categories where Greensboro scored highest were in municipal services, law enforcement and the City’s relationship with the LGBT community.

After receiving just 50 points to rank fifth in North Carolina in 2014, the City took several steps in 2015 that improved its score. Among those were actions by Greensboro City Council to revise nondiscrimination ordinances to be more inclusive regarding matters of gender identity and expression. Meanwhile, the City has long included sexual orientation in its equal employment opportunity policy.

The annual MEI is produced by the Human Rights Campaign, which represents more than 1.5 million members and supporters of LGBT equality in the US. The full MEI listing is available online.

Greensboro’s ranking compared to North Carolina cities listed in the MEI:
1. Greensboro – 85
2. Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham – 60
3. Chapel Hill – 55
4. Winston-Salem – 33
5. Fayetteville – 23
6. Cary – 18

Greensboro’s ranking compared to South Carolina cities listed in the MEI:
1. Greensboro – 85
2. Columbia – 75
3. Charleston – 47
4. North Charleston – 45
5. Mount Pleasant – 18
6. Rock Hill – 17