If you didn’t think South Florida was gay-friendly, this may change your mind.
Five Florida cities earned perfect scores in this year’s Human Rights Campaign Foundation Municipal Equality Index, including South Florida’s own Wilton Manors and West Palm Beach. The index focuses on LGBT equality.
"Our city's inclusive laws and policies attract amazing people to live and work in West Palm Beach," West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio told the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. "West Palm Beach is a wonderful place for LGBTQ people - and others - to live, study, play, work, raise families and retire."
The MEI ranked 506 municipalities, looking at their laws, municipal services, and more.
Also earning perfect scores were Miami Beach, Orlando, and St. Petersburg. Five out of the 20 Florida municipalities earned 100 points, from a total of 60 cities nationally earning perfect scores.
Fifteen of Florida’s cities made the list without top scores. Gainesville came close to perfect with a 98, with Miami Shores at 91. Oakland Park and Tampa both received an 86 while Fort Lauderdale earned an 80.
Pembroke Pines came next at 78. Coral Gables lagged behind at 61, followed by Hialeah, Miami and Jacksonville at 49. and Daytona Beach at 48. Hollywood received a 43 and Port Saint Lucie a 30.
Cape Coral landed on the lower side of the ranking, receiving a score of 25. Tallahassee also received a score, but at the time of publication the ranking was not available.