Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

“Kind of sad,” is how Nick Clinton-Elliott, executive director of Springfield’s GLO Center, described the Queen City’s showing in the Human Rights Campaign’s most recent report on LGBT equality.

Published each year since 2012, the D.C.-based LGBT advocacy group’s Municipal Equality Index rated more than 500 U.S. cities — including Springfield and seven others in Missouri — on how they serve their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

Springfield’s score from HRC this year was just 53 points out of a possible 100. The national average was 67. Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis all scored 100.

Human Rights Campaign highlighted that this year, a “record-breaking” 110 cities earned the highest possible score of 100. In the first year of the scorecard, only 11 cities earned a perfect score.

“I’m disappointed to see that Springfield is that far behind the national average,” Clinton-Elliott told the News-Leader a few days before Thanksgiving. “But we are seeing some growth, and that’s encouraging. We just have a lot of work to do.”

The city’s chief spokesperson, Cora Scott, told the News-Leader in a written statement that for several years the city has made “concentrated efforts” to do better on LGBT issues.

“We do not take issue with the scorecard,” Scott said, “however, we always look beyond the compliance of any one particular scorecard when it comes to our efforts to embrace inclusive excellence.”

From 2017:Springfield scores poorly for LGBT equality in new study

Springfield’s score shows improvement over time on LGBT matters. In 2017, the last time the News-Leader reported on the campaign’s city-level ratings, Springfield scored just 21 points. (The national average that year was 57 points.) In 2019, Springfield’s score was 35. Last year, it was 47.

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