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Riverside recognized for LGBTQ inclusion

Riverside has received the highest score possible in a national survey regarding inclusion of LGBTQ individuals in municipal law, policy, and services.

This marked the second year in a row that Riverside has improved its score in the Municipal Equality Index, according to a statement on the city’s website.

The index is conducted annually by the HRC Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute. 

Riverside received a score of 100, up from last year’s score of 91 and its score of 65 in 2018. Other cities receiving the maximum score this year included Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Cathedral City.

“Riverside has for years demonstrated that it values inclusivity, and this year’s Municipal Equality Index reflects that,” Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said in the statement. “Our city can be proud of its efforts, from the Mayor’s Multicultural Forum, to the Inclusivity Statement that guides everything we do, to the annual Carlos E. Cortés Award for Championing Diversity and Inclusivity.”

Other Inland Empire city scores were Palm Desert (94), Moreno Valley (60), Corona and Fontana (59), San Bernardino (53), and Ontario (52).

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