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NEW: Worcester Pride Forges Alliance Between TV + Country Music Stars

Thursday, January 30, 2014

 

Worcester's 2013 Pride Celebration helped to foster an unlikely creative connection between the world of country music and that of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Glenn Stewart, a country artist newly signed to Nashville North Entertainment, and Joslyn Fox, drag entertainer and star of soon-to-be-aired Season 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race on LogoTV, are collaborating on the video for Stewart's new single "Little Miss John Wayne. Fox is to star in the video, a move that Stewart calls "groundbreaking." "This is going to be very edgy," he says, "very tongue in cheek. A drag queen in a country music video is unconventional."

The artists were the co-headliners of this year's pride celebration, and discovered they shared a common hometown. Fox, a big fan of Stewart's music, offered to be in any upcoming videos. The video is to be filled in Louisville, Kentucky on February 9th. Stewart urges fans to turn out for the collaboration. "We want HUGE audience participation for this, so bring your friends to Darkstar Tavern on February 9th!"  

 

Related Slideshow: Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index Scorecard - Worcester, MA

HRC's Municipal Equality Index (MEI) demonstrates the ways that many cities can—and do— support the LGBT people who live and work there, even where states and the federal government have failed to do so. GoLocal pulled the data from the 2013 report to show where Worcester excels and where it is lacking in supporting equality in the municipaility.

This year's report rates a total of 291 cities from every state in the nation, representing a total population total of 77,851,822.  To see how Worcester compares to other cities, download the full 2013 MEI report here.

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Worcester Non-Discrimination Laws

This category evaluates whether discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited by the city, county, or state in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Worcester is subject to Massachusetts state laws with regard to employment, housing, and public accomodations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity, excepting only public accomodations laws with regard to gender identity, so they fall closely within line of HRC's best practices. 

Non-Discrimination Laws  
Employment  
points for sexual orientation 3 out of 3
points for gender identity 3 out of 3
Housing  
points for sexual orientation 3 out of 3
points for gender identity 3 out of 3
Public Accommodations  
points for sexual orientation 3 out of 3
points for gender identity 0 out of 3
   
Total Score 15 out of 18
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Worcester Relationship Recognition

Because this is an evaluation of municipalities, not states, and marriage is a state-level policy, this section is weighted so that an equal number of points are awarded for marriage (or other state relationship recognition) and municipal domestic partner registries.

Since Massachusetts became the sixth jurisdiction in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004, Worcester residents are granted ample recognition of their relationships without regard to same or opposite sex. 

Relationship Recognition 2013
Marriage Equality, Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships 12 out of 12
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Worcester Municipality as Employer

By offering equivalent benefits and protections to LGBT employees, and by awarding contracts to fair-minded businesses, municipalities commit themselves to treating LGBT employees equally.

By the HRC's account, Worcester falls short as an employer, lacking ample forthright laws forbidding discrimination in city employment, ensuring equivalent family leave, and affirmatively forbidding discrimination in awarding city contracts and benefits to contractors.

Municipality as Employer 2013
Non-Discrimination in City Employment  
points for sexual orientation 0 out of 5
points for gender identity 0 out of 5
Domestic Partner Health Benefits
4 out of 4
Legal Dependent Benefits
2 out of 2
Equivalent Family Leave
0 out of 2
City Contractor
Non-Discrimination Ordinance
 
points for sexual orientation 0 out of 2
points for gender identity 0 out of 2
City Contractor
Equal Benefits Ordinance
0 out of 4
Total Score 6 out of 26
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Worcester Municipal Services

This section assesses the efforts of the city to ensure LGBT constituents are included in city services and programs.

A lack of a direct liason to the LGBT community in the mayor's office as well as no formally enumerated anti-bullying policies in schools at the municipal level hurt Worcester in this category. Worcester does have a Human Rights Office tasked with, among other things, "advocat[ing] for the human and civil rights of ALL residents of the City."

Municipal Services 2013
Human Rights Commission
7 out of 7
LGBT Liaison in
the Mayor’s Office
0 out of 5
Enumerated Anti-Bullying
School Policies
 
points for sexual orientation 0 out of 3
points for gender identity 0 out of 3
Total Score 7 out of 18
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Worcester Law Enforcement

Fair enforcement of the law includes responsible reporting of hate crimes and engaging with the LGBT community in a thoughtful and respectful way.

Worcester reports hate crime statistics, but their lack of a specific LGBT police liason or task force caused an 8 point deduction from their final score.

Municipal Services 2013
LGBT Police Liaison
or Task Force
0 out of 8
Reported 2011 Hate Crimes
Statistics to the FBI
10 out of 10
Total Score 10 out of 18
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Worcester Relationship with the LGBT Community

This category measures the city leadership’s commitment to fully include the LGBT community and to advocate for full equality.

Worcester was noted for it's leadership's public position on LGBT equality. However, it seems the Human Rights Commission sees room for improvement there. Furthermore, there have not been enough legislative efforts to pick up points in that department. Other direct efforts to engage with the LGBT community, however, landed Worcester 2 bonus points.

Municipal Services 2013
Leadership’s Public Position
on LGBT Equality
3 out of 5
Leadership’s Pro-Equality
Legislative or Policy Efforts
0 out of 3
Total Score 3 out of 8
BONUS: City engages with
the LGBT community
2 Bonus Points
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Total Scores

81 out of 100

Categories 2013
I. Non-Discrimination Laws
15 out of 18
II. Relationship Recognition 12 out of 12
III. Municipality as Employer 6 out of 26
IV. Municipal Services 7 out of 18
V. Law Enforcement 10 out of 18
VI. Relationship with the LGBT Community 3 out of 8
Bonus 2 points
Total Score 55 out of 100

 

 
 

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