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Detroit gets top score in ranks of gay-friendly cities.

San Diego is among the best cities in the United States for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to live and work, according to a national report released Thursday by the Human Rights Campaign. Called Top 25 Trailblazing Companies of 2015, the study named Google, Johnson & Johnson, Wells Fargo, Marriott and Gap as the top five, based on an expansive set of criteria. Paul earned perfect scores on the group’s 2015 Municipal Equality Index, which ranked local governments on their policies for everything from housing discrimination to health coverage.

Logo provided the following infographic as an explanation for how these 25 companies were chosen: “It’s one thing to craft an HR manual that says all the right things,” Todd Sears, Founder & Principal of Out Leadership, said in a press release. “It’s quite another for a company to live its inclusive values every day — bravely stepping forward and identifying LGBT customers as important and equal members of their communities. San Diego received a perfect score, along with the California cities of Cathedral City, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Francisco and San Jose.

Jersey City again beat out the competition from other gay-friendly cities in New Jersey, including Trenton, which scored a 70; Asbury Park, 63; and Montclair, 62. We applaud these companies for their leadership, and for demonstrating that including LGBT people is not just the right thing to do, but also the smart business play.

The recognition wasn’t surprising to Stephen Whitburn, executive director of San Diego Pride, who said the region has consistently fared well when it comes to LGBT acceptance. “We’ve had a very strong and connected LGBT community politically, dating back to the 1970s. LGBT-inclusive branding pays exponential dividends, because as we’re increasingly seeing in our global work, our friends, families and allies are paying close attention, too.” And over the years the community has really worked with our local government officials to build those relationships and to have those discussions that have broken down barriers,” he said. The group looked for cities with human rights commissions, LGBT outreach programs in schools and in police departments, and city health insurance policies that cover transgender healthcare. The city’s proximity to New York, its large artist community and most of all its diversity help keep the city friendly to the LGBT community, Billy said.

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