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12/14/23, Asbury Park, NJ – The City of Asbury Park has received a score of 100, the highest score possible, in the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2023 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) which measures different aspects of LGBTQ+ inclusivity in municipalities around the country. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality.
The 2023 Municipal Equality Index rated 506 municipalities of varying sizes drawn from every state in the nation. A record-breaking 129 cities, constituting over 25 percent of all MEI-rated cities, achieved the highest possible score of 100 highlighting the pursuit of comprehensive LGBTQ+ equality.
Asbury Park tied with Hoboken, Jersey City, Montclair and Princeton out of the 12 New Jersey municipalities that were rated. Asbury Park’s full scorecard is available at www.hrc.org/mei.
“We’re proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for Asbury Park’s ongoing commitment to the LGBTQ+ community,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, “Receiving the highest score possible in the Municipal Equality Index is a testament to our City’s work to embrace LGBTQ+ inclusivity within our laws, policies, and services. We are incredibly thankful to our community partners, including Garden State Equality, whose efforts continue to help ensure nondiscrimination, and to City Clerk Lisa Esposito for her hard work in coordinating our application.”
“As City Council, we take pride in the diversity of Asbury Park,” said Councilmember Eileen Chapman, “and we will continue to make decisions and set policies that make this City a safe, welcoming and inclusive community.”
For more information on the Municipal Equality Index visit www.hrc.org/mei.
For more information on the City of Asbury Park, visit www.cityofasburypark.com.