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Learn more about how our Municipal Equality Index score has changed over time

We compare our previous Municipal Equality Index scores from the Human Rights Campaign... plus, how that score might change.

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Take a moment to reflect on our city’s HRC score.

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Every year, the Human Rights Campaign releases a Municipal Equality Index which dives into municipal laws, policies, and services to score the city’s inclusivity of LGBTQ+ people. Here’s how Kansas City, MO did over the last four years:

      Let’s break down how we got here… and how that score may change.

      Non-discrimination laws

      This category awards up to 30 points based on whether LGBTQ+ discrimination is prohibited by law in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation. We’ve maintained a score of 26 out of 30 from 2020 to 2023.

      Municipality as employer

      Cities as employers can achieve up to 28 points by meeting certain guidelines for ensuring an inclusive workplace and benefits.

      • 2020 score: 22
      • 2021 score: 28
      • 2022 score: 28
      • 2023 score: 23

      Services and programs

      This section has 12 available points for the city’s efforts to include LGBTQ+ communities in services and programs.

      • 2020 score: seven
      • 2021 score: 12
      • 2022 score: 12
      • 2023 score: 12

      Law enforcement

      This section has 22 available points and looks at the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community. We’ve kept 22 out of 22 points from 2020 to 2023.

      Leadership on LGBTQ+ equality

      This section has eight available points and looks at city leadership’s commitment to advocacy and inclusion. We’ve kept all eight for the last four years.

      Looking ahead

      The past three years suggest that our city’s equality score is trending upwards.

      Here are some recommendations from the HRC for how we could increase our 2024 score: The city could re-elect or appoint openly LGBTQ+ leaders. It could provide services to LGBTQ+ people experiencing homelessness, youth, and older adults. Additionally, the state could have laws protecting youth from conversion therapy.

      If you want to get involved, here are some local organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community.

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