ABQ receives perfect score on national LGBTQ+ ‘report card’
Albuquerque received a perfect score on an evaluation that measures support for its LGBTQ community.
The score is issued by the Human Rights Campaign, which annually rates some 500 cities on how inclusive laws, policies, and services are of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other people who identify as LGBTQ.
“In Albuquerque, we value and celebrate our LGBTQ+ community,” Mayor Tim Keller said in a statement Thursday. “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.”
The city’s score is up 14 points from 2021. The addition of an LGBTQ+ Liaison for APD was responsible for a 10 point increase in Albuquerque’s score, according to the city.
Cities tracked in the report 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.
Meanwhile, neighboring Rio Rancho scored a 44 out of 100. Santa Fe and Las Cruces both scored a 73.
Chile Street Editor