Jackson and Hattiesburg lead among Mississippi's nine largest cities in LGBT equality, the Human Rights Campaign says in a new report.

#On Oct. 8, HRC released its 11th annual Municipality Equality Index report, which ranked 506 cities across the country on their support and legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in 2017.

#The report ranks cities on a scale of one to 100, from least equal to most. The national average of the cities ranked is 58—a one-point increase since last year's report.

#Jackson is the only Mississippi city that meets or exceeds the national average with a score of 65. It earned marks for leadership positions on LGBT equality, its nondiscrimination policies in housing, employment and public accommodations, and other legislative efforts.

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