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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

San Francisco Gets Perfect Score When It Comes to Being Gay Friendly

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

click to enlarge Perfect 10!
  • Perfect 10!

San Francisco might not be the gayest city in America anymore, but it is still among one of the gay-friendliest cities in the nation -- and that's something to brag about.

On the 34th anniversary of Harvey Milk's death, the Human Rights Campaign released a national report that gives a snapshot of how cities are faring in terms of LGBT-friendly policies across the country.

As you might guess, San Francisco was one of 11 cities with a "perfect score."

See also: Remembering Harvey Milk and George Moscone

The Daily Show Visits S.F. to Find Out Why We Aren't the Gayest City Anymore

The first-ever rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law scored cities on housing, employment, and public accommodations. It also rated cities on their relationship recognition and benefits for public sector employees.

San Francisco came pretty damn close to perfection; it was docked five points for not having a mayoral LGBT liaison or LGBT office of affairs. Fortunately, we made up for those lost points with bonus scores for having openly gay city leadership and for participating in the gay community, including Gay Pride, the report said.

We also scored extra points for being "successful" despite restrictive state laws (hi, Gavin!), and for providing health benefits to transgender residents.

Other highlights from the study:

  • 11 of the 137 cities surveyed earned a perfect score of 100 points -- these cities came from both coasts and in between, were of varying sizes, and not all are in states with favorable laws for LGBT people;

  • 25 percent of the cities rated scored over 80 points;

  • 45 percent of cites surveyed obtained a score of 60 or higher;

  • Nearly one-third of cites scored between 40 and 60 points, showing good intentions on behalf of municipal governments, but also opportunity for improvement;

  • Just under 25 percent of the cities scored fewer than 20 points, including eight cities that scored under 10 points and three that scored zero (like Montgomery, Ala.).

Harvey Milk would be proud of us.

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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