New York City and Rochester scored perfect 100 ratings in the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) annual assessment 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, relationship recognition, employment practices, municipal services and programs and law enforcement practices.
Yonkers came in second among New York municipalities, earning 87 points. Other highly rated cities included Syracuse (85 points), Albany (84), Buffalo (73) and Northwest Harbor (65).
The national average was 59.
Learn about the practices HRC considered.