The City of Overland Park earned a perfect Municipal Equality Index score in 2023.
The Human Rights Campaign, which issues the annual scorecard examining how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there, awarded Overland Park with a score of 100, the maximum number of points available.
“We are immensely proud of our City’s perfect Municipal Equality Index score,” said Overland Park Mayor Curt Skoog. “The score is a testament to our commitment to and work for the equality and inclusivity of all our residents. This achievement is a reminder that in Overland Park, everyone is welcome.”
The 2023 score accounts for City efforts, including the designation of an LGBTQ+ liaison, providing services to LGBTQ+ youth, providing resources to LGBTQIA+ foster parents and foster children and diversity training requirements for the Overland Park Police Department and all other City employees.
The City’s 2023 scorecard also accounts for the City’s:
- Nondiscrimination initiatives for City employees,
- Public facilities that have all-gender restrooms,
- Transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits,
- Requirements that contractors comply with Overland Park’s non-discrimination ordinance, and
- Reporting of hate crime statistics to the FBI, and
- Youth bullying prevention services for the community.
To see Overland Park’s full scorecard and other cities’ scores, visit hrc.org/mei.