Sioux Falls Improves Municipal Equality Index Score for Second Consecutive Year
The Human Rights Campaign recently released its Municipal Equality Index, and Sioux Falls has improved its score by 23 points over last year’s score.
The Municipal Equality Index examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of the LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on nondiscrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city leadership’s public position on equality.
This year, Sioux Falls scored a 63 out of a possible 100 points. Last year, Sioux Falls’ score was 40, and in 2015, the city’s score was just 28. Sioux Falls improved its score over last year, in part, because Mayor Mike Huether appointed Colleen Moran, Assistant City Attorney, as the primary contact for all discrimination and harassment concerns for the LGBTQ community and others. Also, Cynthia Holmquest, Community Resource Officer with the Sioux Falls Police Department, was named the department’s primary contact for the LGBTQ community and other organizations.
“Sioux Falls still has a lot of work to do, especially in the area of enacting nondiscrimination laws, but we are very proud of our substantially improved score and how our city is becoming more and more inclusive to all people, including the LGBTQ community,” says Colleen Moran, Assistant City Attorney.
Sioux Falls is one of nine cities in South Dakota scored by the Human Rights Campaign. Of those nine cities, Brookings received the highest score at 72. More information, including Sioux Falls’ full scorecard, is available at www.hrc.org/mei.