Miami is the Second Best City in Florida for LGBT Citizens to Live, But Could Do Better
When it comes to basic rights, the city of Miami is the second best city in Florida for LGBT residents to live, according to the Municipal Equality Index produced by the Human Rights Campaign. Miami scored a 72 out of a possible 100. That's only behind Orlando (77), and well above the state average of 52.
Miami Shores meanwhile, which surprisingly has a large concentration of same-sex couples, has the second lowest score in the state.
The study looked at the 50 state capitals, the 50 largest cities in the country, and cities with high concentrations of same-sex couples as identified by the Williams Institute.
Taking into account state, county and city-level laws, Miami scored a 72 -- but could do better. Miami-Dade's non-discrimination ordinance does not cover gender identity, which could threaten transgendered citizens. Miami also lacks laws that forbid contractors it does business with from discriminating based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Miami also had points docked as neither Mayor Tomas Regaldo nor the police department has done much in the way of LGBT outreach.
Miami Shores lays in stark contrast. The village has the 12th highest concentration of same-sex countries among cities with less than 100,000 total residents. Despite this, the village has passed very little to protect its LGBT citizens. They're only protected by county laws, so the village scored just 34 points.
Meanwhile, Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors (which has the second highest rate of same-sex countries for all cities with less than 100,000 total residents) each scored 62 points.
Jacksonville came in last in the state with only 15 points.
Miami Beach, which we suspect would rank rather high in the study, didn't meet the criteria to be considered.