Human Rights Campaign says most major Wisconsin cities are superb on LGBTQ+ equality while others are lacking

The nation's largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization released its Municipal Equality Index on Tuesday and most major Wisconsin cities fared well.

The index from the Human Rights Campaign scores municipalities on its handling of LGBTQ+ issues. HRC says it's "the only comprehensive nationwide assessment of LGBTQ+ equality in the areas of municipal policies, laws and services."

Milwaukee and Madison received scores of 100 out of 100, but Milwaukee received a 98 on the actual report card but reached 100 from bonus or "flex points."

The issue holding back Milwaukee has been an "inclusive workplace" in government offices. This was also the case in 2021 and 2022.

According to HRC, the city doesn't have an LGBTQ+ employee resource group open to all employees, LGBTQ+-inclusive diversity training for all city staff, or a recruitment program that actively advertises available position to the LGBTQ+ community.

Racine also received a 100 out of 100. Green Bay received a 96 and Appleton received a 97. Oshkosh received a 76 and Kenosha a 51.

Both Oshkosh and Kenosha don't have local laws in place to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or public accommodations, although they do in housing. For that, they were deducted.

The state has non-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation or gender identity however.

Some 7% of Americans are lesbian, gay or bisexual, according to Pew Research Center. Some 1.6% of U.S. adults are transgender or nonbinary. Rates of identifying as queer is higher among younger people. According to Pew, about 61% of Americans support same-sex marriage.

Visit www.hrc.org/resources/municipal-equality-index to view municipality report cards.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Human Rights Campaign scores Wisconsin cities on LGBTQ+ equality