The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has increased the City of Fort Collins’ Municipal Equality Index rating for the fourth year in a row because of the organization’s continued work toward a more inclusive culture for LGBTQIA+ employees and community members.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation increased Fort Collins’ rating to 95 out of 100 possible points in 2019, up from 83 in 2018, 78 in 2017, 74 in 2016 and 60 in 2015.
Among the changes that lead to this year’s increase: Inclusive Workplace Policy adopted by City Council, added protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in the non-discrimination clause of the City’s Purchasing Policy, and increased public support from City leaders.
The Municipal Equality Index examines 506 cities for how inclusive their municipal laws, policies and services are of LGBTQIA+ people who live and work there. For more information, visit hrc.org/mei.
The City’s LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group’s mission is to raise awareness and provide education on LGBTQIA+ issues (including sexual orientation, gender identity and expression) so that staff who identify on that continuum feel safe, included and valued at work, as well as residents, visitors and tourists in our community. To learn more, visit fcgov.com/socialsustainability/equity.