Atlanta: Only City in the South to Net Perfect Score For LGBT Inclusion

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Originally posted on Atlanta Daily World:

HRC Kasim ReedWhile many say Georgia has a long way to go when it comes to equal rights for gays and lesbians, the city of Atlanta was given a perfect score by the Human Rights Campaign’s 2013 Municipal Equality Index, the only city in the Deep South to do so.

The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there. According to HRC, Atlanta was the first and only city in what the group called the Deep South to earn the commendation.

On Wednesday Reed joined HRC President Chad Griffin, Atlanta Councilmember Alex Wan, Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta’s LGBT Liaison Robin Shahar and Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham at Atlanta’s City Hall for a press conference to celebrate the launch of the 2013 MEI.

“This city has a rich history of…

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