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Albuquerque Improves Score on National LGBTQ+ Report Card

Nationwide evaluation measures how well Albuquerque supports the LGBTQ+ community

Dec. 1, 2022

The City received a perfect ‘100’ score on a report card issued by the national Human Rights Campaign. Every year, the Human Rights Campaign releases a Municipal Equality Index Score for over 500 cities across the nation. This report card evaluates how inclusive cities’ laws, policies, and services are of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other identifying (LGBTQ+) people.

"I am grateful to work in partnership with the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Mayor's Office to ensure that LGBTQ+ residents in Albuquerque, and anyone visiting us, are treated with respect and dignity,” said Marshall Martinez, Executive Director of Equality New Mexico. “We look forward to continuing the unending work to protect the LGBTQ+ community!"

The City’s score is up 14 points from 2021. The addition of an LGBTQ+ Liaison for APD increased Albuquerque’s score by 10 points from the previous year.

Cities are also rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city leadership's public position on equality. View the 2022 MEI score card here.

“In Albuquerque, we value and celebrate our LGBTQ+ community,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “The progress in this report card reflects our commitment to creating a city where everyone feels safe and welcome. We will continue to take steps to strengthen our policies and protect Albuquerque’s LGBTQ+ community.”