Jackson leads the state in the Municipal Equality Index for LGBTQ services and laws

Jackson once again scored the highest in Mississippi on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. The index rates municipal policies, laws and services that affect the LGBTQ+ community.

The 2022 Municipal Equality Index has been released as hostility towards LGBTQ+ people across the country has steadily increased.

The state capital dipped from a score of 80 in 2020 and 2021, dropping nine points this year.

Starkville was second to Mississippi, scoring a 43 on a 100-point scale. That was an improvement from the year before, when he scored a 31. Hattiesburg scored a 38 to finish third in the state this year, maintaining his score from last year.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has unveiled priorities for next year’s legislative session, including what he called a “Parental Bill of Rights,” which he said would allow parents to determine what pronouns their children should be called in public schools. In November, the US Senate passed bipartisan legislation to protect same-sex marriages, but Mississippi Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, Republicans, were among 36 who voted against it. bill.