Human Rights Campaign examines how LGBT people are treated in the community
ANCHORAGE – Three Alaskan cities received poor marks in a report that looked at how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are treated in the community.
The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group, rated 291 cities in all 50 states based on criteria such as non-discriminatory policies, municipal services and relationship recognition.
Out of 100 possible points, Anchorage received 21, Juneau 23 and Fairbanks two. Cities averaged 57 points.
The report found that 129 of the 291 cities have non-discriminatory policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity and 58 percent of cities have relationship recognition (marriage equality, civil unions, domestic partnerships).
Only four cities scored lower than Fairbanks: Port Saint Lucie, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan.; Southaven, Miss. and Starkville, Miss.
Phyllis Rhodes, executive director of Identity — the gay and lesbian community center in Anchorage — said she puts a lot of stock in what the HRC does.
Rhodes said the report shows Alaska has a long way to go in terms of LGBT equality, but change is happening and the state is “right on the cusp” of real progress.
Juneau, which was the only Alaskan city included in the 2012 HRC report, is up nine points from last year.