Oh so close. Oakland Park received a 99, just one point shy, of a perfect score on this year’s Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index report.
“While we are quite proud of the rise in the score to a 99, we will continue to find every way possible to receive a perfect score of 100 by next year,” said Matthew Sparks, city commissioner of Oakland Park.
The city received a 97 last year.
Cities receive points based on their laws, policies, benefits and services. Some of the areas scored include “Law Enforcement” and “Municipal Services,” and “Leadership on LGBTQ Equality.” Oakland Park received the most points available in each of those categories.
This is the ninth annual municipal equality list HRC has compiled. Across the U.S. 94 cities earned perfect scores this year — up from 88 last year.
Overall seven cities in Florida received perfect scores. They include Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami Beach and Wilton Manors.
All of the ranked cities in South Florida either improved their scores over last year, or they stayed the same.
Digging deeper into the report there are still some areas where Oakland Park can boost its score. For instance they could add transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits or single occupancy all-gender facilities.
More than 500 cities across the country were included in the report this year. Twenty-four cities in Florida were included.
“I am proud of the improvement from 2015 when our city scored just above 80, and 99 is not 100,” said Mayor Jane Bolin. “We will continue to strive for meaningful policies that protect and support the community.”