Sterling Heights achieves score of 91/100 on Human Rights Campaign 2022 Municipal Equality Index

~ The city of Sterling Heights is celebrating a significant improvement in its efforts to promote equality and inclusivity for all residents, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recently released its 2022 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) report, which evaluated 506 municipalities' laws, policies, and services that affect the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals. Sterling Heights received a score of 91 out of 100, an increase from its previous score of 8 in 2019, 38 in 2020 and 61 in 2021.

"When we received our 2019 scorecard, we knew the score was not reflective of who we are as an organization, and certainly not reflective of our community," said Sterling Heights Human Resources Manager Kate Baldwin. "We took immediate action and started working internally to gather data and documentation for the Human Rights Campaign."

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The MEI evaluates municipalities based on a variety of factors including non-discrimination laws, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, and municipal services and programs that support the LGBTQ+ community. Sterling Heights received high marks in several categories including its non-discrimination laws, its efforts to reduce barriers to healthcare for transgender individuals and City Leadership's Public Position on LGBTQ+ Equality.

Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor expressed his delight at the recognition from HRC: "We are thrilled to see that our efforts to promote equality and inclusivity for all residents have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign. We will continue to work hard to make Sterling Heights a welcoming and inclusive community for everyone."

HRC is the largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization in the United States. The MEI report is widely recognized as the most comprehensive analysis of LGBTQ+ equality in municipalities across the country. For more information about HRC's MEI visit

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