WILTON MANORS, Fla., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has awarded Wilton Manors with a perfect score of 100 in the HRC's Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The City was recognized for being a leader in supporting equality and crafting city laws and policies that treat gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals the same as their heterosexual counterparts.
This year, the Washington D.C.-based organization rated 506 cities based on 44 criteria that span into five broad categories. Overall, the cities are examined on how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are towards the area's LGBTQ community.
"Wilton Manors strives to stand up for human rights as a community, we deeply value and believe that all individuals deserve to be treated with fairness and respect," said Mayor Gary Resnick. "We are so proud to have been recognized, for the third year in a row, as a leader in supporting equality. Thank you to everyone who makes our community so inclusive."
For the first time ever, the MEI deducted points from the scores of cities that have non-discrimination protections containing carve-outs prohibiting individuals from using public facilities consistent with their gender identity. It also created a new category of points to recognize cities that are offering transgender-specific city services.
The 2016 survey also included two special reports: Power Struggles and Preemption and Inclusive and Innovative Approaches to Citywide Bullying Prevention.
ABOUT THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS
Wilton Manors was laid out in 1925 by Edward John "Ned" Willingham, a land developer from Georgia, as an upscale residential community. It was recognized as a Village in 1947 and incorporated as a City in 1953. Today, the City of Wilton Manors offers all the benefits of a big city from shopping, to hip restaurants and bars, a burgeoning arts community and tons of community events, yet still maintains a cozy, community-feeling offering miles of natural waterways perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding and other outdoor activities. Recently named the "Second Gayest City" in the United States, the City of Wilton Manors celebrates a diverse population of approximately 12,000 residents. To learn more about the live, work and play opportunities in Wilton Manors call (954) 390-2100 or visit www.wiltonmanors.com.
CONTACT: Laurie Menekou, (954) 732-0754 (or) [email protected]
SOURCE City of Wilton Manors