National LGBTQ+ Advocacy Group Recognizes New Hope as One of the Most Inclusive Municipalities in Pa.

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New Hope was recognized statewide for its inclusiveness to the LGBTQ+ community.

A list of Pa. municipalities noted for LGBTQ+ community inclusiveness includes New Hope as a top-ten welcoming location. AXIOS Philadelphia reported the distinction.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a nationwide advocacy group, evaluated cities on five factors that impact the quality of life for LGBTQ+ residents:

  1. Nondiscrimination laws
  2. Municipal services
  3. Employer protections
  4. Law enforcement
  5. Leadership

Using this scale, New Hope, with its score of 89, ranked No. 6 statewide.

Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and State College all received scores of 100 and were ranked first, second, and third, respectively.

The City of Brotherly Love placed high in the rankings for its nondiscrimination laws and municipal services. It also received “extra” recognition points for providing services for homeless LGTBQ+ people and those who are elderly.

Other notable rankings were:

  • Allentown (score: 94)
  • Reading (score: 91)
  • Carlisle, Erie (tie scores: 86)
  • Wilkes-Barre (score: 80)
  • Harrisburg (score: 69)

More about Pennsylvania’s inclusive municipalities is at AXIOS Philadelphia.

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