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Posted on: November 26, 2019

Manhattan receives second highest LGBTQ inclusion rating among other Kansas cities

downtown Manhattan, Kansas

(MANHATTAN, KS – November 26, 2019) The City of Manhattan received the second highest score among rated cities in Kansas related to LGBTQ inclusion for 2019. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) assesses cities on 49 criteria covering citywide non-discrimination protections, policies, services and leadership and publishes an annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). Manhattan, Kansas, scored 83 out of 100 points total. Overland Park received the highest score among rated cities in Kansas with 86 out of 100.  

“We work hard to make Manhattan a welcoming community that is fair to all residents and visitors," says Manhattan City Commissioner Linda Morse. "We continue to advocate for equality in our policies and in our actions. Improving the MEI score is one of the ways we are able to measure progress."

The MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work such communities. Over 500 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.

“This year’s Municipal Equality Index shows that across the country, city leaders are working tirelessly to ensure that their constituents can secure housing, make a living and participate in community life without being discriminated against because of who they are,” said HRC President Alphonso David.

The full report for all MEI rankings can be found here:

The mission of the City of Manhattan is to sustain order and protect public safety, promote public health, preserve the built environment, and enhance economic vitality. The city supports a regional community in which individuals and families develop and thrive. More information about the City can be found online at, or by following the City on Facebook at cityofmanhattan, or Twitter @cityofmhk.

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