People within the LGBTQ community have to be feeling better about Sioux Falls. The yearly municipal equality index is out, and Sioux Falls is on the rise.

KDLT TV is reporting that the city scored a 12-point increase from last year. Sioux Falls scored 40 out of a possible 100 points on the municipal equality index survey conducted by the human rights campaign. The national average is 55.

The yearly municipal equality index takes a look at the city's laws, policies, and services to measure how inclusive they are of that area's LGBTQ population.

Thomas Christiansen, the president of the Center For Equality says, “We're more progressive here.  And I think it's important that we let the state rest of the state know that if you're a member of the LGBTQ community you can come to Sioux Falls and be safe.”

The city of Brookings attained the highest LGBTQ equality score in South Dakota this year with 50 out of 100 points. While Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City and Vermillion all scored lower than 20 points each.

Source: KDLT TV

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