Cathedral City Receives a Perfect Score from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, an educational entity of the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released its annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI) Scorecard rating the City of Cathedral City with a perfect score of 100. This is the second year in a row that Cathedral City received this highest recognition.
The MEI scorecard examined the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rated them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there. The HRC Foundation’s Scorecard rated 506 municipalities throughout the United States with at least one municipality in each of the 50 states. Cathedral City was one of only 60 municipalities in the nation to receive a perfect score. Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City were the only cities in the Coachella Valley to receive a perfect score.
Over the past few years, Cathedral City has implemented new programs within our public safety departments including a designated LGBT liaison for our police department and administrative employees, passed new ordinances that require the equal treatment of all residents, and continue the annual Cathedral City LGBT Days that celebrates our diversity.