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).
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.