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Huntington leads West Virginia in LGBTQ equality

By TAYLOR STUCK

The Herald-Dispatch

Tyra Meadows, Keandre Jordan, and Christian Davis spend the evening together as the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Committee conducts the second annual Huntington Pride Picnic on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Ritter Park in Huntington.
(Herald-Dispatch photo by Ryan Fischer)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  — In terms of LGBTQ equality, Huntington is a “shining beacon of hope” in the state of West Virginia, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

HRC, the largest civil rights organization working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer Americans, released its annual Municipal Equality Index on Monday. The index scores cities based on things such as local non-discrimination laws, providing transgender-inclusive health benefits for city employees and offering LGBTQ-inclusive city services.

Just five points away from a perfect score of 100, HRC said Huntington is a shining example of a city leading the way for LGBTQ inclusivity in a difficult state. Huntington is one of 46 municipalities across the country to earn the “All-Star” designation by advancing LGBTQ equality without relying on state law.

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