For the second year in a row, the City of Ferndale has received a perfect score for inclusive policies by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute—one of four cities in Michigan to do so.
The two foundations have developed the Municipal Equality Index(MEI), which ranks cities across the United State by examining how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of the LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services law enforcement, and the City leadership’s public position on equality.
Ferndale has now received perfect scores in 2019 and 2018, an improvement from the 94 received in 2017 which reflects the continuous review of policies to move the City forward as a welcoming community for all people.
Ferndale received bonus points in multiple categories for providing the following services and benefits not currently accessible in all cities:
• City provided services for LGBTQ youth, homeless, and elderly
• City provided services for transgender community
• Openly LGBTQ elected or appointed municipal leaders