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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Rockville Earns Top Score for LGBTQ Support for Third Year

City Scores Perfect Marks on Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index

Rockville, Maryland, Nov. 20 — For a third consecutive year, Rockville has scored perfect marks on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index for the city’s commitment to the health, welfare, safety and equality of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

Rockville scored 100/100 on the scorecard, along with, Baltimore, Columbia and Frederick, out of the 10 Maryland towns and cities rated on the 2019 scorecard.

The eighth annual MEI scorecard, released Tuesday, Nov. 19, analyzes and rates 506 municipalities across the country, measuring each for the inclusivity of laws, policies and services for their LGBTQ communities. Overall, 88 cities in the U.S. earned the highest possible score.

Cities are rated across 49 different criteria, covering citywide nondiscrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services, law enforcement and the city’s leadership on LGBTQ equality.

“This year’s Municipal Equality Index shows that across the country, city leaders are working tirelessly to ensure that their constituents can secure housing, make a living and participate in community life without being discriminated against because of who they are,” HRC president Alphonso David said in a statement accompanying the MEI scorecard’s release.

The 2019 MEI report can be found at

2019 MEI Maryland Rankings 

  • Rockville                  100
  • Baltimore                 100
  • Columbia                 100
  • Frederick                 100
  • Gaithersburg           93
  • College Park            86
  • Towson                   86
  • Annapolis                76
  • Bowie                      60
  • Hagerstown            54

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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