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South Bend scores well on LGBT equality index December 17, 2015 Source: South Bend Tribune

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By Erin Blasko

SOUTH BEND — The City of South Bend scored 80 out of 100 points on the Human Rights Campaign’s latest “Municipal Equality Index,” an annual assessment of LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy.

The HRC scored eight cities in Indiana, including Bloomington (100), Evansville (47), Fort Wayne (44), Hammond (23), Indianapolis (92), South Bend, and West Lafayette (36).

Of those eight, only South Bend, Bloomington and Indianapolis were found to offer protections to LGBT individuals in employment, housing and public accommodation, and to claim at least one openly LGBT official.

South Bend amended its Human Rights Ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity in 2012, and the city boasts a Human Rights Commission.

In addition, the city’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg, is openly gay.

The nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, the HRC scored 408 cities nationwide this year, up from 353 in 2014.

Forty-seven cities earned perfect 100-point scores, with an average score of 56.

South Bend scored 67 points last year under a slightly different scoring system.

To view the full report, visit www.hrc.org/mei.