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Reno achieves perfect score on 2019 MEI human rights assessment

Post Date:11/19/2019 9:28 AM
The City of Reno and its Human Rights Commission are proud to announce that Reno, Nevada has achieved a perfect score (100) on the 2019 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) rating system based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city leadership's public position on equality.

This is the second consecutive year that the City of Reno has earned this prestigious distinction.

“Our City Council will continue to protect and promote the personal dignity of all Reno residents, businesses and visitors by eliminating discriminatory barriers in the community that might prevent individuals from reaching their full potential,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said. “We look forward to making additional strides regarding social justice, diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity and human dignity among all residents of the City of Reno.”

Mayor Schieve and the Reno City Council have made LGBTQ inclusivity a central focus the past two years, catapulting the City to a perfect 100-point score in 2018 for the first time since it was initially included in the MEI in 2013. The City of Reno’s Human Rights Commission was formed last year, and held its inaugural meeting on August 15, 2018.

The City of Reno also designated LGBTQ liaisons in the Human Resources Department and Reno Police Department (RPD) to ensure that LGBTQ-related concerns are being heard and appropriately addressed. Reno has extended transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits to city employees since 2015.

“Cities like Reno know that enacting protections for LGBTQ people is the right thing to do,” Reno City Manager Sabra Newby said. “Inclusive cities send a clear message that all visitors, residents and workers are welcome and valued, attracting the country’s best and brightest people and businesses.”