HRC gives a perfect score to Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg in annual ratings

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced Oct. 8 that Orlando, St. Petersburg and Tampa each received a perfect score of 100 in the organization’s seventh annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI).

The report examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies and services are for LGBTQ people who live and work in each city rated by the organization. The score is based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership’s public position on equality.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Orlando gets a perfect score

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The Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index is out and Orlando did pretty well for itself. The organization’s MEI score represents how inclusive a city’s laws, policies and services are for the LGBTQ people who live and work there.

The City Beautiful ranked with a perfect score of 100 yet again. Orlando has scored the top score the three previous years as well. The HRC rates a city’s equality based on five categories: Non-Discrimination Laws, Municipality as Employer, Municipal Services, Law Enforcement and finally Relations with the LGBTQ Community.

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St. Pete receives perfect score in HRC’s Municipal Equality Index for third consecutive year

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ST. PETERSBURG | Under Mayor Rick Kriseman, the city of St. Petersburg  received a perfect score of 100 for a third consecutive year in the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index.

The organization’s score, released in late October, represents how inclusive a city’s laws, policies and services are for the LGBTQ people who live and work there. Of the 18 Florida cities ranked by the Human Rights Campaign this year, St. Petersburg was only one of four to receive a perfect score. Orlando, Tallahassee and Wilton Manors rounded out the list of perfect scorers.

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St. Petersburg, Orlando among cities to get top scores for LGBT residents

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ORLANDO (AP) — Three Florida cities have gotten the highest score possible on an index that measures the quality of life for gays, lesbians and transgender residents.

The gay rights group, Human Rights Campaign, last week gave Orlando, St. Petersburg and Wilton Manors scores of 100.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Kriseman at Mary’s, HRC on St. Pete and Chick-fil-A in politics

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Mary’s Grand Opening

While the new Hamburger Mary’s at Tyrone Square in St. Petersburg has been opened for a few weeks now, they made the entire thing official with a grand opening ceremony Oct. 13.

A huge crowd gathered in the kitschy, fun restaurant known for big juicy burgers and even juicer drag queens as St. Pete mayor and super politician Rick Kriseman, along with family in tow, cut the ribbon. Mayor Kriseman wasn’t the only local celeb there. The event was also attended by former Republican governor (and future Democratic Congressman?) Charlie Crist, Tampa Bay gay royalty Mark & Carrie and Mary herself as they all let their hair down and celebrated the newest location.

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Watermark Year in Review: December 2015

By : Jamie Hyman, Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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Orlando Philharmonic executive director David Schillhammer takes a bow, exiting after 15 years. He made some big moves during his tenure, moving operations to the Plaza Live (they’re in the middle of renovating as we write this) and securing impressive new music director Eric Jacobson. We can’t wait to hear Schillhammer’s next release.

High five, Orlando and St. Petersburg! Both cities earned perfect scores in the Human Rights Campaign annual Municipal Equality Index, which scores cities on LGBT inclusion and equality. Tampa did well, too, earning a solid 95 percent.

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