PROVIDENCE, RI – The Human Rights Campaign today recognized the City of Providence for its commitment to equality by awarding a perfect score in its Municipal Equality Index.
“I am proud of the work that our City has done to become a leader on LGBT issues,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “From designating all-gender restrooms in city buildings to making our healthcare policy more inclusive, I am committed to sending a strong message that Providence welcomes and values all of its employees and residents, regardless of who they love or how they identify.”
Providence is among 47 cities nationally and the only city in Rhode Island receiving a perfect score. Scores are based upon a number of criteria including: non-discrimination laws, municipal services, practices as an employer, law enforcement, and the relationship between the LGBT community and city.
“This Administration embraces its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents and I am proud of all that Providence has done to support them,” said Deputy Chief of Staff Marisa O’Gara, whom Mayor Elorza appointed the Administration LGBT Community Liaison earlier this year.
“It’s a true privilege to work alongside a Mayor who has been an incredible advocate and leader for the LGBT community, a community of which I am proud to be a member. We have more work in front of us, but today is a day to celebrate our City,” continued O’Gara.
The decision recognized several initiatives the Administration has implemented in the past year including instituting more inclusive healthcare policies for City employees and designating all-gender restrooms in City buildings.