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Louisville Gets Top Score on Kentucky Equality Index, Bowling Green Ranks Last

Human Rights Campaign

Kentucky has one city – Louisville - that earned top-ranking in a new report on towns that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of the community. Bowling Green was at the bottom.

The “Municipal Equality Index,” published by the Human Rights Campaign, grades cities on a scale of 1-to-100, based on issues like non- discrimination laws in employment and housing. The index also includes grades for the relationship city officials and police have with LGBTQ individuals.

Louisville scored a maximum 100 points in the index. Lexington got a score of 92, earning bonus points for having openly LGBTQ elected or appointed municipal leaders. 

Some Kentucky cities reviewed in the index didn’t score well. Owensboroearned a grade of 18. Bowling Green came in with 17 points, the lowest score of the eight cities in the state that were rated. The index also graded Berea, Frankfort, Covington and Morehead.


For the the complete Municipal Quality Index of all states with city ratings go to:

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