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Dubuque Scores High On LGBTQ Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation evaluated cities across the country on their laws and policies protecting people in the LGBTQ community and recently released its’ findings as a score out of 100 possible points. The average score for Iowa was 86 out of 100 and Dubuque scored 100 points. Indigo Channing, a volunteer with many LGBTQ groups in Dubuque agreed that Dubuque’s policies are inclusive, however she says the policies don’t help people who aren’t city employees. For example Channing says the homeless shelters aren’t always accommodating to trans people. The study gave Dubuque extra points for having an LGBTQ liaison. The role is filled by Human Rights Director Kelly Larson and police chief Mark Dalsing. Channing tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV filling that role could make some people uncomfortable. Channing says there could also be more services in Dubuque to educate people about LGBTQ issues. The study also gave Dubuque extra points for reporting hate crimes to the FBI and for the city having employee domestic policy benefits.

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