Happy Valley named among nation’s best for being LGBTQ-friendly, again

– by Guest Writers

Happy Valley has earned perfect scores — again — for reflecting a welcoming environment for the LGBTQ community, the Centre Daily Times reports.

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State College earned a 100/100 in last week’s 2022 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which measures the inclusivity of municipal laws, policies and services for the LGBTQ community. (That annual report is issued by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ advocacy group in the country.)

Penn State also earned a 5-out-of-5-star rating on the Campus Pride Index that takes into account schools’ LGBTQ policies, programs and practices. Campus Pride, a national nonprofit, also named Penn State to its “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-friendly Colleges and Universities list, making it one of 40 institutions chosen for cultivating “a safe, welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff alike.”

State College was also one of 120 cities nationwide to earn a perfect MEI score, with the average score of the 506 rated municipalities coming in at a 69. It is the fourth straight year State College has earned a perfect score, and at least the third consecutive year Penn State has made Campus Pride’s “Best of the Best” list.

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