Dive into San Antonio’s 2023 Municipal Equality Index score

Why the Alamo City scored 100 out of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.


This is the 210’s fifth-consecutive perfect score on the Municipal Equality Index.

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The Human Rights Campaign released the 2023 Municipal Equality Index, and San Antonio is on the list. How did we score?

Each year, the Human Rights Campaign releases a Municipal Equality Index which takes a deep dive into municipal laws, policies, and services and how inclusive they are of LGBTQ+ people. This year’s edition examined 506 US cities on 49 different criteria across five categories — non-discrimination laws, municipality as employer, services and programs, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality.

Based on these criteria, San Antonio earned a score of 100 out of 100. In case you missed it, that’s the same as last year’s score. Here’s a breakdown of how we got here… and how that score might change.

Non-discrimination laws

This category looks at whether LGBTQ+ discrimination is prohibited by law in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation. San Antonio achieved a 30 out of 30 for our laws across the state, county, and municipality.

Municipality as employer

Cities can achieve points for inclusive employment policies like offering trans-inclusive healthcare and non-discrimination in city employment. San Antonio got a 23 out of 28.

We lost five points in the subcategory of transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for employees.

Services and programs

This section considers the city’s efforts to include LGBTQ+ folks in city services and programs. San Antonio scored 5 out of 12, but earned bonus points for providing services to LGBTQ+ youths and people experiencing homelessness.

Law enforcement

Looking at the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community, San Antonio earned 22 out of 22.

Leadership on LGBTQ+ equality

This section looks at city leadership’s commitment to advocacy and inclusion. San Antonio got an 8 out of 8, and earned bonus points for having openly LGBTQ+ elected or appointed leaders.

Where we can improve

Even a perfect score doesn’t mean a perfect city. San Antonio earned its perfect score with bonus points and would achieve a higher score from the HRC with efforts like reinstating some of last year’s transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for employees. The city could also earn bonus points by having laws protecting youths from conversion therapy + offering services to the transgender community.

If you want to get involved, here are some local organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community.