Human Rights Campaign 2020 Municipal Equality Index Report

FreeState reflects on Maryland municipality LGBTQ equality scores and our upcoming 2021 legislative session

FreeState Justice is proud to serve LGBTQ people across the state of Maryland. Despite an abbreviated legislative session in 2020 due to COVID-19, our collective efforts contributed to the passing of five bills, such as legislation that repealed the sodomy law and increased LGBTQ protections in healthcare, and built the momentum for several bills that we will again champion this coming session, such as eliminating the Trans Panic Defense and the Inclusive Schools Act (click here to RSVP for our 2021 Maryland Legislative Session Preview on December 21).

Human Rights Campaign has released its 2020 Municipal Report. This report examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are for LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities and metropolitan areas, including 10 in Maryland, are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city’s leadership’s public position on equality. Baltimore, College Park, Columbia, Frederick, Rockville, received final scores of 100/100. 

However, FreeState Justice recognizes that many vulnerable LGBTQ people in Maryland continue to struggle and have limited access to opportunities to thrive. This situation has only been made worse by the pandemic. We are proud to continue to advocate for policies that will support all LGBTQ people across the state of Maryland. Please RSVP for our 2021 Maryland Legislative Session Preview on December 21 to learn more about our legislative priorities for this upcoming year!

The other five cities in the Municipal Equality Index scored as follows:

Annapolis, Maryland: 84/100

Bowie, Maryland: 60/100

Gaithersburg, Maryland: 93/100

Hagerstown, Maryland: 68/100

Towson, Maryland: 86/100 


To read the full report and more information, click here.


To RSVP for our 2021 Maryland Legislative Session Preview, click here.


Together, we can work towards more legislative victories to make Maryland even more safe and inclusive for our community, especially those with low incomes, the transgender community, and communities of color across our state. Please consider making a donation of $500, $250, $100, $50, $25, or what you are able, to FreeState Justice today to support our efforts in the 2021 legislative session. 


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