A South Jersey community has been recognized for its efforts to be more inclusive to the LGBTQ community.
The City of Woodbury received a score of 100 on Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), making Woodbury a leader in the state with policies of inclusion for LGBTQ people and small businesses.
Each year, the MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are for the LGBTQ community, and rates cities based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city leadership's public position on equality.
Members with Woodbury Community Pride began working with the City of Woodbury to create a safe and welcoming place in 2017.
Since then, the collaboration has brought about a Human Rights Commission, two LGBTQ liaisons at the Woodbury Police Department, and a number of ordinances providing protections for LGBTQ people.