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North Druid Hills Scores Terribly on LGBT Equality?

The community scored poorly in a recent measure of hospitability to LGBT residents and employees.

It's come as a surprise to some, but, recently, the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area has received a bit of press for being a haven for members of Atlanta's LGBT community.

But when it comes to protections specifically for those residents, things aren't so rosy (sort of... keep reading).

North Druid Hills received an extremely low score in an equality index from the Human Rights Campaign, according to Project Q Atlanta.

Here's a description of the index from the campaign:

The Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the first ever rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law, finds that while many U.S. cities lag behind in protections for LGBT people, some of the most LGBT-friendly policies in the country have been innovated and implemented at the municipal level, including in states with laws that are unfriendly to the LGBT community.

Atlanta scored the highest of four listed Georgia cities – including, strangely, North Druid Hills, which isn't a real municipality – with an 82.

North Druid Hills? It got a 15. (Although that was better than Avondale Estates' score of 8.)

The HRC likely used DeKalb County's standards since North Druid Hills is unincorporated land. As I said before, the community has gotten some press in the past for its reputation among LGBT residents.

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David Bloome November 29, 2012 at 02:32 PM
We wouldn't be talking about this if they gave out high scores. Just a ploy to get their cause in the media spotlight. Next...
Todd G November 29, 2012 at 03:08 PM
"Their cause"? And what exactly is that?
Linda Hagan November 29, 2012 at 08:30 PM
The Fair Housing Act, which is the federal law governing housing discrimination, includes the following seven protected classes: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status. That is pretty much the same protected status for all. Employment, housing, etc... However,one's sexual orientation, "being gay" , is not a protected class.
Linda Hagan November 29, 2012 at 08:32 PM
The Fair Housing Act, which is the federal law governing housing discrimination, includes the following seven protected classes: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status. Being gay or sexual orientation is not a protected class.
Kay Clark November 30, 2012 at 10:03 PM
You are exactly right. If they received the same rights and protections as every other group it would be a non-story. Since they don't, it's a valid piece of journalism. Please David, explain what "cause" "they" are trying to get in the "spotlight."

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