Park City's Equality Index Score Announced by HRC
Clayton Scrivner, Communications Manager
November 18, 2021
Human Rights Campaign Releases Park City’s Municipal Equality Index Score
Results double the City’s rating over the last year
Park City, Utah – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its final scorecard for the 2021 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), an evaluation of 506 cities on how inclusive these municipalities are with their policies and services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community. Park City Municipal scored a 70 out of a possible 100 points – nearly double the City’s 2020 score of 37.
“Park City has long been an inclusive and welcoming town for the LGBTQ+ community, but we took our MEI score last year as a challenge to make sure we not only better highlighted what practices were already in place, but we also explored new efforts through the work of the LGBTQ+ Task Force,” said Mayor Andy Beerman.
After forming the Task Force, the group proactively engaged with the LGBTQ+ community in Park City, asking how Park City could do better in terms of inclusivity. The team also worked to highlight LGBTQ+ liaisons at both City Hall and the Park City Police Department and the healthcare benefits offered to same-sex couples as well as the City leadership support and advocacy of the LGBTQ+ community, which were already the most inclusive in Utah.
Park City scored second in the state only to Salt Lake City’s 100 points. It also ranked highest when compared mountain towns across the west.
“As co-chair of the Park City LGBTQ+ Task Force and a proud transwoman, we are thrilled that Park City’s MEI score doubled from last year,” said Cami Richardson. “This is indicative of the progress we are making as leaders in the state as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.”
To view the Park City’s 2021 MEI scorecard, please visit hrc.org/mei.
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About Park City Municipal Corporation
Park City Municipal Corporation is the government seat for Park City, Utah. A former silver mining town, Park City is now home to two world-class ski resorts and was the mountain host for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. The town of 8,500 also hosts many special events, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Kimball Arts Festival. For more information, please visit parkcity.org.