Human Rights Campaign ranks Greensboro highest city in the Carolinas

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The city of Greensboro outranked all other cities in the Carolinas — both states — on the Human Rights Campaign’s “Municipal Equality Index” this year, scoring an 85 out of 100, a huge jump from its previous score of 50 in 2014.

A rating of 50 might sound terrible, but Winston-Salem only scored 33 this year, while Charleston, SC, received 47. The HRC gave Charlotte, Durham and Raleigh each a 60.

“The MEI examines the laws, policies and services of municipalities and rates them on the bases of their inclusivity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who live and work in the city,” according to a press release the city sent out today. “Among the index categories where Greensboro scored highest were in municipal services, law enforcement and the City’s relationship with the LGBT community.”

Since receiving a 50 last year, the city proactively revised its nondiscrimination ordinances, according to the release.

Columbia, SC, received a 75 in 2015. Read about each city here.