Gay State Rank: 27/50

LONG BEACH (CNS) — For the 10th straight year, Long Beach has been named one of the best cities in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer inclusion in municipal law and policy, earning a perfect score and 11 bonus points, the city announced Friday.
Long Beach was one of 506 cities nationwide to be scored, and one of 110 to achieve a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index.

The MEI examines laws, policies and services of municipalities and rates them based on their inclusivity of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Examples highlighted in the 2021 report include:
protection of youth from conversion therapy
non-discrimination in city employment
workplace inclusivity
availability of city employee domestic partner benefits
availability of transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits
LGBTQ liaisons in the city's executive office and police department
leadership's public position on LGBTQ equality

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