Cape Coral gets Florida’s lowest score for gay residents


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Cape Coral got the lowest score among Florida cities on an index that measures the quality of life for gays, lesbians and transgender residents.

The gay rights group Human Rights Campaign last week gave Cape Coral a score of 25 on its Muncipal Equality Index, lower than any of the 18 cities from around the state on their list. It’s the only city from Southwest Florida that the group rated.

The index evaluates 506 cities nationwide on how inclusive they are to the LGBT people in their communities.

Three cities elsewhere in the state got the highest score possible — Orlando, St. Petersburg and Wilton Manors were among only 60 cities nationwide to score 100.

Criteria making up the scores include non-discrimination laws; benefits offered to municipal workers, such as transgender-inclusive insurance coverage; and support for pro-equality laws by public officials.

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