In a multicultural and urban city like Minneapolis, the role of a superintendent to oversee the needs of 36,000 ethnically diverse students throughout 72 schools is paramount — and it’s been over a year since the whirlwind search to fill this role was initiated.
Among the ways we choose to evaluate where we live, few reports are more respected than that of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI), an annual, comprehensive examination of cities’ laws, policies and services with regard to LGBT people and LGBT issues.
More than 400 cities were evaluated in 2015, the most in the four years the HRC has been producing this report. As one can expect, some cities are given very poor scores. And then many cities—47 across the country—are praised for a perfect score. All cities are judged from the same scorecard template, which may be a root of why I take so much issue with the MEI, how it’s conducted, what is measured, what isn’t measured and of course, what it says about cities with a perfect score.
“Everybody gets sick, but not everyone can afford to get sick.”
Stereotypes and media portrayals of Indian women are based on a long history of rape and oppression. This history is at the base of the “missing women,” the contemporary problem of great numbers of Indian women being murdered or kidnapped into sex trafficking.