Houston, Jacksonville and El Paso are
among America's big cities to score poorly on the Human Rights
Campaign's (HRC) fourth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which
measures a city's support for LGBT rights.
In releasing its report last week, HRC
touted the increasing number of cities with a perfect score, up from
11 cities in 2012 to 47 this year.
cities earn top scores on HRC's LGBT equality index, including
Detroit, Las Vegas.)
Many big cities, however, continue to
receive poor scores.
According to the MEI, the 10 least
gay-friendly big cities in the United Stare are: Wichita, Kansas (MEI
score 21), Jacksonville, Florida (36), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (29),
Virginia Beach, Virginia (31), Tulsa, Oklahoma (35), Houston, Texas
(48), Mesa, Arizona (50), El Paso, Texas, (51), Memphis, Tennessee
(56) and Fresno, California (57).