Two weeks after theCity of Meridian became the latest Idaho city to approve
its own version of Add the Words protections, theHuman Rights Campaign Foundation
, in partnership with the Equality Federal Institute, released its seventh-annual Municipal Equality Index and gave most Idaho cities failing marks. The assessment didn't include the newly passed Meridian ordinance, because it measured municipal laws and policies in 506 cities across the nation, including seven in Idaho, during 2017.
[image-2] The 2017 Municipal Equality Index found that at least 25 million people lived in U.S. cities that had more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their states in 2017.Idaho is one of 29 states without statewide non-discrimination laws
for employment or housing.
The average score for cities in Idaho during 2017 was 52 out of 100 points, falling below the national average of 58.Boise ranked highest
with 73 points, followed by Pocatello with 71 points. Boise and Pocatello got high marks in the categories of "non-discrimination laws" and "law enforcement," but received fair to poor marks in "municipal services." Moscow was third (69 points), followed by Coeur d'Alene (66), Idaho Falls (41), Meridian (26) and Nampa (18).
You can read the full report below. [pdf-1]