St. Pete Tops List of LGBTQ-Friendly Florida Cities
For the second year in a row, St. Petersburg has topped a ranking of Florida cities most inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
St. Pete was one of three cities in Florida to earn a 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. All scores are based on a 100-point scale.The index scores are assigned based on a number of factors evaluating a city’s commitment to providing LGBTQ protections and inclusive policies in areas ranging from employment to law enforcement, according to HRC.
St. Pete earned top scores for its LGBTQ-friendly law enforcement agency and its relationship with the LGBTQ community. The city earned near top scores on its non-discrimination policies and being an inclusive employer. The city earned a total score of 84 with another 16 bonus points.
“We are proud of our high score. There are many benefits to scoring high, including it being good for business retention, recruitment, and overall economic development," said St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman. "We will continue to implement policies and support efforts that make St. Petersburg a friendly place for LGBT residents, business owners, and visitors.”