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The City of Allentown has earned a maximum 100-point score in the 2020 Municipality Equality Index (MEI) from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.  It marks the fourth consecutive year of that achievement. 

The MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies and services are of 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. 

“Allentown has worked hard to be recognized as an inclusive community,” said Mayor Ray O’Connell. “What we have achieved over the years on the MEI scorecard is a result of that hard work.” 

In all the MEI surveys 506 cities. It includes among other things the country’s 200 largest cities, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state and all 50 state capitals. In Pennsylvania, only Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and State College joined Allentown with scores of 100 based on 49 different criteria. The average score for Pennsylvania cities was 90.  The national average score is 64. 

View Allentown’s 2020 MEI scorecard here MEI-2020-Allentown-Pennsylvania.pdf (

Information provided to TVL by:
Mike Moore
Communications Manager
Mayor’s Office
435 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101