SeniorAdvice , an online resource for elders and caregivers, ranked the 20 best cities in the nation for LGBTQ retirees. Tucson was third in the ranking behind New Orleans, La. While debates rage regarding the state's "no promo homo" law and whether businesses can refuse to serve LGBTQ customers , seniors face added issues over accepting assisted-living communities, isolation and healthcare concerns. For more stories that matter, subscribe to azcentral. The site noted Tucson for its affordability and mix of cultural and historical sites as a growing retirement destination. In , Tucson was the first city in the state to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance that included protections for gay and lesbian residents.
These Arizona cities got perfect scores for LGBT equality
Tempe and Tuscon rank among the best cities for LGBTQ retirees
The Municipal Equality Index , the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the country, including in Arizona, continue to take the lead in supporting LGBTQ people and workers -- even in face of renewed attacks this year on the LGBTQ community by federal and state officials. For LGBTQ Americans, legal protections and benefits vary widely depending on location -- states and cities have markedly different laws governing discrimination. The average score for cities in Arizona is 61 out of points, which falls above the national average of CEOs know that in order to attract and retain the best employees, they must grow their companies in places that protect LGBTQ citizens from discrimination and actively open their doors to all communities. The MEI is the best tool to help these businesses make crucial evaluations about the welcoming -- or unwelcoming -- nature of towns and cities across the nation. Earlier this year, HRC opened a new frontier in the fight against the Pence-Trump agenda and advancing equality by launching HRC Rising, the largest grassroots expansion in the organization's year history.
The MEI evaluates cities nationwide for LGBTQ inclusion based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality. Earning a perfect score of for the eighth year in a row highlights the fulfillment of our promise to be a city that works for everyone," said Mayor Kate Gallego. The ordinance makes it unlawful to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation, gender identity or disability in the areas of employment, public accommodations, housing and government contracts.
The cities were scored in several different categories: Non-discrimination laws, municipality as employer, municipal services, law enforcement and relationship with the LGBT community. The report scored non-discrimination laws for housing, employment and public accommodations, ranking all three cities a perfect 5 out of 5 in all categories. The municipality as employer category ranked the cities in non-discrimination in city employment, transgender-inclusive health care benefits and a city contractor non-discrimination ordinance.