Every year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) releases the Municipality Equality Index (MEI) scorecard, a nationwide evaluation of municipal law, rating 353 cities on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people that live and work there.
Last year in North San Diego County, only two cities made the 2014 survey: Escondido and Oceanside.
The city of Oceanside was ranked among the lowest in the state with a score of 57 (out of 100) and Escondido had a 60.
After the scores were made public, we went to investigate the reasons why the city of Oceanside had scored so low in spite of the visibility efforts of our local LGBT community (we reported this last year in our column [see “North County Update: the impact of Inclusivity,” Vol. 5, Issue 24].