Nov 12, 2014 6:05 PM

National LGBT friendly study rates 353 cities - including five in New Hampshire

DURHAM - A new report released by the civil rights group the Human Rights Campaign rates 353 cities across the U.S. It gives them up to 100 points based on how well the city includes the LGBT community in its local laws, policy and services.

The home to the largest university in each state was included in the study. For the Granite State that's UNH in Durham. The UNH Diversity Support Coalition closely monitors LGBT local laws.

The coalition's co-director Robert Richard-Snipes said, "We have a lot of faculty as well as students that are trying to lobby and get some laws changed. Really we just want to build a community that is inclusive and that is knowledgeable of all of these different identities."

The 2014 Municipal Equality Index scored five New Hampshire cities. Their average score of 57 falls right below the national average of 59.

Here's how the five cities were scored individually:
Durham - 76
Derry - 55
Concord, Manchester, Nashua - 52

The M.E.I. rates cities based on 47 criteria - including non-discrimination laws, employment policies, trans-gender inclusive insurance coverage,municipal leadership on equality issues and city services.

38 cities across America received perfect scores.


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