Reno scores 100 in human rights index; Sparks, Carson lower

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- The city of Reno reported Thursday it received a perfect score on the 2018 Municipal Equality Index, a Human Rights Campaign rating system of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) inclusion in city law and policy.

The city of Reno provided this group photo in recognition of its 100-point score in the 2018 Municipal Equality Index, a Human Rights Campaign rating.

It is a 31-point improvement since its first assessment in 2013. The city scored 91 on the initial 2018 assessment, with less-than-perfect ratings because of non-discrimination laws and municipal services. But the survey gave Reno 10 bonus points to reach the maximum 100.

The city of Reno also designated LGBTQ liaisons in the city manager’s office and Reno Police Department to ensure LGBTQ-related concerns are heard and addressed, the city said in a statement. Reno has extended transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits to city employees since 2015.

“Cities like Reno know that enacting immediate protections for LGBTQ people is not only the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do,” Reno City Manager Sabra Newby said in a statement. “Inclusive cities send a clear message that all visitors, residents, and workers are welcome and valued, attracting our country’s best and brightest and the businesses looking to employ them.”

Las Vegas, Enterprise and Paradise also got 100 points. Carson City scored 50 and Sparks rated 44, both scoring nothing in the categories of municipal services, law enforcement and relationship with LGBTQ community. Mesquite ranked the lowest in Nevada at 31.

South Lake Tahoe was not rated. The Riverside County, Calif., city of Corona was the lowest rated in that state with a 52.