Upstate LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce announced Jan. 30 the city of Greenville’s 2023 Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index rose from 52 to 64 points on a 100-point scale.
To determine MEI scores, more than 500 cities across the U.S. are evaluated on 49 different criteria regarding how inclusive their municipal laws, policies and services are for their LGBTQ+ residents and visitors.
Greenville’s 2023 score increased due to the creation of a city contractor nondiscrimination ordinance that includes sexuality and gender identity, the election and appointment of LGBTQ leaders, the creation of a youth bullying prevention policy for city services, and the city providing services to people living with HIV or AIDS.
“As Greenville’s score in the MEI index continues to rise, it reflects its ongoing commitment to economic inclusivity,” said Tyler Prescott, CEO of the Upstate LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce. “This increase is not just a number; it symbolizes significant economic benefits for our community. By fostering an environment that welcomes all, we are not only doing what is morally right but also boosting our economic potential. Inclusive cities attract a diverse workforce, innovative businesses, and responsible investments, all contributing to a thriving and prosperous Greenville.”
To view the Human Rights Campaign’s full 2023 MEI report, click here.