Demonstrating a continual commitment to equality, diversity, equity, and inclusion, the City of Erie has earned a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2023 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for the second year in a row. The MEI is a nationwide evaluation of 506 cities that examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people who live and work there.
Mayor Joe Schember said, “Our city’s leaders have worked hard to create an environment where every LGBTQ+ resident, employee, and visitor can thrive. I would especially like to thank our LGBTQ+ Advisory Council members who have worked extremely hard to draft the policies and practices that helped us achieve this score as we all strive to make Erie an inclusive community.” Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality.
Since Mayor Schember took office in 2018, the City of Erie has concentrated on implementing non-discrimination policies to eliminate prejudice and make Erie a welcoming and supportive community for all LGBTQ+ people.
To learn more about the City of Erie LGBTQ+ Advisory Council and to see all of the City’s MEI Scorecards, please visit LGBTQ+ Council
More information about this year’s Municipal Equality Index scorecard is available at www.hrc.org/MEI.