'Everyone deserves to feel include, wanted, valued and welcomed.' A community members thoughts on inclusion in the city

The Human Right Campaign conducted a municipal equality index which rates cities based off inclusiveness. News 10 spoke with a community member who focuses on equality for all.

Posted: Mar. 13, 2019 6:44 PM
Updated: Mar. 13, 2019 6:44 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- Terre Haute is focusing on creating diversity and inclusion in the city after a recent rating.

The Human Rights Campaign does what's called a municipal equality index which is a rating based on inclusiveness in cities specifically focused on the LGBTQ community.

The campaign evaluated 506 cities... one being Terre Haute who scored the lowest.

Melissa Reed is the Director of the Human Relations Commission and her goal is to bring that score back up.

"Everybody deserves to feel included, wanted, welcomed and valued in their communities because we all have something to offer," said Reed.

She expresses that in order to strive as a community it's important to recognize diversity.

"There doesn't have to be so much hate and misunderstanding. We all can live together and
celebrate our differences, we shouldn't have to hide from those.," Reed exclaimed. 

She's hopeful these ratings can allow growth in the community especially with the numbers being available to the public.

"We can look at it, we can touch it, we can understand numbers and we can then look at the recommendations that they have for us on how we can be more inclusive," Reed told us.

She only wants the city to connect so that Terre Haute can be a welcoming environment for all.

"My goal is that the city and all of the members of our city can promote harmony and value diversity," said Reed.

To find out more about these ratings you can click here for the website.

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