Rochester gets good marks on equality


The Human Rights Campaign has given the City of Rochester high ranks on its 2013 Municipal Equality Index scorecard.

The city grabbed 98 out of a maximum 100 points on the scorecard, which examined a broad range of criteria, including existence of non-discrimination laws, recognition of domestic partnerships, existence of school anti-bullying policies, and whether the city has a police liaison to the LGBT community. 

But the rankings are also instructive, identifying a few areas where the city could do better. It could provide transgender-inclusive health benefits, the report says. And the city could form a human rights commission.

The report card is available here. And a listing of report cards for other cities, in New York and other states, is available here.