Wilton Manors is once again on top – again.
The city received a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index’s report.
Of the 18 official cities included in the report only 4 received perfect scores including Orlando; St. Petersburg; Tallahassee and Wilton Manors. The cities with the lowest scores include Hialeah (49), Cape Coral (39), Port St. Lucie (31); and Daytona Beach (30).
Wilton Manors is the only official city in South Florida to receive a perfect score. And it’s done so since at least 2013.
But two other local cities, West Palm Beach and Miami Beach, self-submitted themselves to be scored. They also received perfect scores.
The other South Florida cities featured in the official report include Coral Gables (61); Fort Lauderdale (87); Hialeah (49); Hollywood (67); Miami (59); Miami Shores (91); Oakland Park (99); Pembroke Pines (78); Port St. Lucie (31).
Before bonus points were added in, Wilton Manors received a score of 94. But the city received additional points for providing services to LGBT youth; LGBT homeless people; LGBT elders; people living with HIV; and services for the transgender community.
“Wilton Manors’ continued perfect score on the HRC municipal equality index reflects that from policies to daily practices and operations our community has an unparalleled commitment to equality and inclusiveness,” said Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Justin S. Flippen. “We don’t just talk the talk about equality in the Island City, we walk the walk and live up it, striving to be an example community of neighbors and businesses others look to as a model worth pursuing. Whatever color of the rainbow you most identify with, whether LGBT or ally, you are valued and welcomed in Wilton Manors. Our commitment to equality is one more reason why ‘Life’s Just Better Here.’”