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Which potential host city for the 2012 DNC is the most pro-equality?

Matt Comer at QNotes took note of the announcement last month that there are four cities that will battle it out to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention:

Charlotte, Cleveland, Minneapolis and St. Louis.

Take a guess at which one is the most LGBT-friendly. Here you go.

Comparing policies and ordinances

City Employ. protections – Sexual orientation Employ. protections – Gender identity DP benefits DP registry
Charlotte Yes No No No
Cleveland Yes Yes No Yes
Minneapolis Yes Yes Yes Yes
St. Louis Yes No No Yes


An update: St. Louis passes gender identity protections.

Saint Louis City now joins Kansas City and University City in offering basic protections in housing, public accommodations and employment.

In late May at a town hall sponsored by PROMO and TransHaven, Alderman Shane Cohn announced Board Bill 67, inserting gender identity into the list of protected categories which already includes sexual orientation. The bill gained many co-sponsors and moved swiftly through committee and passed with unanimous support of the Alderman.

“Extending basic protections has been long overdue,” stated Cohn. “In order to remain competitive in today’s marketplace and respect every member of the Saint Louis community, I am proud to have sponsored this bill.” Please send Saint Louis Alderman Shane Cohn a “Thank You” for helping secure these protections at


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