Shocker of the Century: SF Is Still a Really Good Place to Be LGBT

Scott Lucas | November 22, 2013 | Story Politics

There's a reason that the upcoming HBO show Looking (or as we like to call it, Girls for Gays) is set in San Francisco. Though we're not perfect, when it comes to the city's approach to the LGBT community, we're pretty frickin' close.

San Francisco scored a perfect 100 out of 100 on a recently released report by the Human Rights Campaign on municipal equality. Only 10% of the 291 cities rated scored above 96. We were one of only 25 cities to earn perfect marks.

The Municipal Equality Index ranks cities based on 47 criteria in six categories: non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, employment and contracting policies, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement, and public leadership by city officials on LGBT issues. (Not included: public nudity laws.)

Here are some of the selected results of cities in the Bay Area and around the state:

San Francisco 100

Bakersfield 59

Berkeley 95

Concord 68

Fremont 86

Long Beach 100

Los Angeles 100

Modesto 58

Oakland 92

Richmond 77

Sacramento 91

San Diego 100

San Jose 87

Santa Rosa 67

Stockton 74

Vallejo 66

West Hollywood 100

For the full report, click here.

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