The City of Yonkers has once again achieved a perfect score of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) report. This accolade highlights the city’s commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusivity.
The Municipal Equality Index is a collaboration between the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute. It serves as a vital tool in assessing and promoting LGBTQ+ inclusivity across cities. The MEI evaluates the inclusiveness of municipal laws, policies, and services for the LGBTQ+ community.
Yonkers joins an elite group of 129 cities across the country that earned a perfect score. Out of the 506 cities surveyed, Yonkers solidified its position as a home of equality. Mayor Spano emphasized the city’s dedication to promoting diversity and acceptance.
We are a City that celebrates and values all of us, and that continues to be our greatest strength.
Anthony Nicodemo, Chair of Mayor Spano’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, praised the LGBTQ+ community in Yonkers and described the city as a “beacon for inclusion.” Michael Sabatino, Yonkers Director of Constituent Services and Mayor’s Liaison to the LGBTQ Advisory Board, highlighted the sustained effort behind the achievement. He quipped, “A perfect score for nearly a decade doesn’t happen by accident.” He expressed pride in the City’s nine-year streak of perfect scores. Furthermore, he went on to thank the administration for creating a welcoming environment for the LGBTQ+ community.
Yonkers’ consistent perfect score reflects commitment to building a community where truly everyone can work, play, and live.