town sealArlington has achieved the top score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for 2023, a town press release said. This is the 12th year of the MEI and the sixth year that Arlington has been included.

The MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies and services are of LGBTQIA+ people who live and work in a  municipality. These communities are rated on nondiscrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality. 

This is the fifth year since 2018 that Arlington was scored at 100.

“It is an honor to receive a score of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index again this year,” said Arlington Town Manager Jim Feeney. “Arlington strives to be a welcoming and inclusive community. I am very appreciative of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director, Jill Harvey, and the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission for their tireless efforts toward making Arlington inclusive for all.”

Arlington’s past scores were 98 in 2018 and 100 in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. A score of 100 is the highest a municipality can receive. View Arlington’s MEI Scorecard here >>

Rainbow Commission logo“In the past few years, Arlington has consistently received a score of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index, an indication that the Town is committed to supporting the needs of its LGBTQIA+ community,” said Helene Newberg, cochair of the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission. “The Rainbow Commission will continue to work with the Town and the Arlington community to ensure all are supported.”

The 2023 MEI rates 506 municipalities from every state in the nation on 49 different criteria. Read the full report here >> 

This news comes in the same week as the national observance of Transgender Day of Resilience/Remembrance.

This news announcement was published Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, based on a news release and additional information from town Public Information OfficerJoan Roman.