LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The city of Lexington is being recognized as one of the best in the nation for its LGBTQ+ community.

The Human Rights Campaign, a national civil rights organization, ranks Lexington among the top 4% of cities nationwide for equality.

“Lexington has risen to the top to be recognized as the best in Kentucky, and among the best in the nation, and we will continue the work to be even better,” said Mayor Linda Gorton in a news release.

Lexington received an overall rating of 110 out of 122, and for the second year in a row, it had the highest score in the state. A city’s rating is determined based on how inclusive laws, policies, and services are for its LGBTQ+ community.

In 1999, Fayette County was the first in the state to pass an inclusive fairness ordinance, and since then, city officials said Lexington has:

  • Passed domestic partner benefits for government employees
  • Strengthened discrimination protection language
  • Began utilization of all-gender signage for city-owned, single-occupancy facilities
  • Celebrated the annual Lexington Pride Festival
  • Passed a ban on youth conversion therapy
  • Launched the LexProud campaign

For a full look at the report, visit hrc.org/mei.

Camille Hantla contributed to this story.