The largest national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization has given New Hope Borough high marks – 89 out of a possible 100 points – on its 2019 Municipal Equality Index. The index examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there.
“We’re constantly working to ensure that New Hope remains a welcoming and friendly place to all,” said Borough Council President Connie Gering. “This year’s score reflects some important improvements we’ve made in municipal services and law enforcement reporting over the past two years. Working with dedicated local partners like New Hope Celebrates, we’re aiming for a perfect 100 from the HRC in the coming years.”
The borough received perfect scores for its non-discrimination laws, municipal services, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQ equality. The Human Rights Commission also granted points for New Hope’s non-discrimination policies and domestic partner benefits for borough employees.
The annual evaluation, consisting of over 500 municipalities, included all state capitals and large cities, municipalities that are home to large public universities, and those with a high proportion of resident same-sex couples.