Park City Municipal Scores Highest Ever Equality Index Score
Human Rights Campaign rating stays 2nd Highest in Utah
The Human Rights Campaign has released the 2023 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), a nationwide evaluation of over 500 cities on how inclusive a municipality's laws, policies, and services are of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Park City received a score of 86 out of 100 – an increase of 16 points from last year’s score. Find a link to Park City’s scorecard here.
"Park City Municipal's increase on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index speaks volumes about our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion," said Mayor Nann Worel. "The significant increase reflects our collaborative efforts with the LGBTQ+ Task Force and our ongoing organizational initiatives. We are steadfast in our commitment to our goal of fostering a community that values and respects the diversity of its residents."
Park City's LGBTQ+ Task Force was formed in 2021 to evaluate and address the community's needs and advise the City on better reflecting its values around inclusivity.
Park City Municipal's improvements in youth bullying prevention policies and law enforcement reporting were noted in this year’s evaluation. The City's MEI score was second highest in the state behind Salt Lake City's 96-point rating.
"Our improved score is a testament to the City's commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable community for all residents, including LGBTQ+ people," said Task Force liaison and member of Park City Municipal's Housing Team Browne Sebright. “I am proud to be a part of an organization that is committed to supporting diversity in our community and for everyone who works to make Park City a more inclusive and welcoming place.”
For more on the City's social equity initiatives, go here.