Toledo Received a Perfect 2018 Municipal Equality Index Score


The city of Toledo received a perfect 2018 Municipal Equality Index score, Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, City Council Member Nick Komives, and Equality Toledo Executive Director Analese Alvarez announced today during a news conference in front of “The Love Wall” in Uptown.

The index tracks factors such as employment policies, nondiscrimination laws, city services, and law enforcement relations for a city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer residents.

Toledo scored just 58 in 2014; 76 in 2015, 89 in 2016, and 89 again in 2017 out of a possible 100 points for its laws and policies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer residents. The 2018 score was 103, which included bonus points.

Among the reasons Toledo lost points last year was for lacking transgender-inclusive health care benefits for city employees. The city's health-care cost containment committee in September, 2017 approved a change to include coverage for gender reassignment surgery for transgender employees or their transgender family members who are diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Akron, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton received perfect scores in 2017, and Cleveland scored 81.

“Toledo is a very welcoming city and we want to make sure that, in all categories, we are as welcoming and as open to everyone as possible,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “We intend to keep this amazing score. This is a moment Toledo gets to showcase that we are culturally-diverse, welcoming, and an inclusive city.”

Watch the announcement here: