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City of Brotherly Love rates high for LGBT rights

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Philadelphia scored a perfect 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) annual rankings of American cities with local laws and policies that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination.

The gay-rights advocacy organization’s Municipal Equality Index ranked 353 cities nationwide on several categories, including nondiscrimination laws, em­­ployment practices, municipal services and programs and law enforcement practices.

Pittsburgh came in second among Pennsylvania municipalities, earning 90 points. It was marked down for not offering ­transgender-inclusive health benefits to city em­­ployees and not requiring nondiscrimination policies for city contractors.

Other highly rated Pennsylvania cities: New Hope (89 points), Allen­­town (85) and Harrisburg (70). The national average was 59.

Learn about the practices HRC considered.

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