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San Diego, Oceanside Get High Marks On LGBT Issues

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LGBT pride flag covers a Hillcrest street during the San Diego Pride Parade, July 19, 2014.

Scores for San Diego County cities

San Diego - 100

Oceanside - 97

Escondido - 60

Chula Vista - 55

San Diego and Oceanside received high marks in a study of the governments' attentiveness to LGBT issues, organizers of the survey announced Thursday.

San Diego earned a perfect score — 100 — in the Municipal Equality Index released by the Human Right Campaign, while Oceanside scored a 97.

The average of California cities surveyed was 73, and the national average was 56.

Of the other San Diego County cities in the study, Chula Vista scored a 55 and Escondido 60.

"Across our country, cities and towns both big and small aren't waiting for state or national leaders to move LGBT equality forward," said Human Right Campaign President Chad Griffin.

"Instead, these municipalities are taking action now to improve the lives of countless LGBT Americans," Griffin said. "In what has been an historic year for equality, a record-breaking number of municipalities this year have earned top scores in our Municipal Equality Index for their inclusive treatment of their LGBT citizens and workers."

The survey rates cities on 41 criteria, including passage of non- discrimination laws, employment and contracting policies, transgender benefits, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement and representation by LGBT leaders.

The number of U.S. cities that scored 100 in this year's survey was 47, up from, 38 last year and 11 in 2012 — the first year of the index. Eight California cities received perfect scores.

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