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Appleton-Madison score highest in LGBT index

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Posted at 10:00 AM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 11:00:21-04
The fifth edition of the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index shows Madison and Appleton scored the highest in the state for LGBT inclusiveness.
 
Madison was one of 60 cities across the country to receive a score of 100, while Appleton earned a score of 78. Each are part of the 25 percent of cities scoring more than 75 on the MEI. One hundred is the highest possible score.
 
The report, released Monday, looked at 506 cities across the country, including seven in Wisconsin, to determine how inclusive each cities' laws and policies are. Cities got points for laws banning discrimination in employment and housing, and providing services focused on the LGBT community, such as a LGBT police liaison or task force.
 
Other cities evaluated in Wisconsin were Green Bay, Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine. They received scores of 40, 37, 71 and 28, respectively. Oshkosh scored the lowest of the state's cities with a score of 21.