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Thursday, October 11, 2018 2:50 pm

Fort Wayne rated lowest in state in LGBTQ inclusion

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne isn't making gains in protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer population, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation announced today.

After two years of stagnant scores, the Summit City fell from 42 to 40 of 100 possible points on the foundation's seventh annual Municipal Equality Index scorecard.

The index is the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy.

Of the 506 cities rated nationwide, nine were in Indiana. The average score for Hoosier cities was 67, exceeding the national average of 58.

Fort Wayne earned the lowest score statewide.

Spokesman John Perlich issued this statement on behalf of the city: "Fort Wayne is recognized as a welcoming and inclusive city. We take that role seriously and work each day to support equality and champion our community as an attractive place to live, work and play. We're committed to ensuring Fort Wayne is inviting for all residents and for everyone to feel valued and appreciated."

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