However, some of the nation’s largest cities continue to lag when it comes to LGBT equality.
The average score among the 408 cities rated on the 2015 MEI was a 56, but 10 of the nation’s 50 largest cities received scores of 57 or below.
He was promoted to the role of executive director of Love in Action in September 1990, and in 1994, the organization moved its ministry to Memphis.
Love in Action operated here quietly until 2005, when protests over a youth "straight" camp called Refuge sparked a national media firestorm.
The MEI rates cities according to five broad criteria: non-discrimination laws; municipal employment policies, including transgender-inclusive insurance coverage and non-discrimination requirements for contractors; inclusiveness of city services; law enforcement, including hate crimes reporting; and municipal leadership on matters of equality.