LGBTQ advocates have derided 2023 as the “most anti-LGBTQ legislative session in history,” and DeSantis made sure Florida itself was near the top of that list with his now infamous ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law (HB 1069), an anti-trans bathroom law (HB1521), an extreme gender affirming care ban (SB254), a “License to Discriminate in Healthcare” law that will allow healthcare providers and insurers to deny a patient care on the basis of religious, moral, or ethical beliefs and a law which would discourage cities from passing non-discrimination ordinances.
Yet eight cities in Florida just received a 100 score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, an annual report that gives scores to U.S. cities on issues like nondiscrimination laws, law enforcement, and benefits and protections to LGBTQ+ employees.
Tampa, Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miami, Oakland Park, Orlando, and St. Petersburg all received the LGBTQ advocacy groups highest score.
Other cities in Florida rated by the index were Cape Coral, Coral Gables, Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Miami Shores, Pembroke Pines, Port Saint Lucie, and Tallahassee.
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