Report ranks Hawaii one of the best states for LGBTQ families

Report ranks Hawaii one of the best states for LGBTQ families
Honolulu Hale is illuminated in the colors of the rainbow to celebrate LGBTQ pride. (Image: City and County of Honolulu)
Honolulu Hale is illuminated in the colors of the rainbow to celebrate LGBTQ pride. (Image: City and County of Honolulu)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new report says Hawaii is one of the best states in the nation for LGBTQ families to live in.

The report, written by Move.org, looked at laws, demographics and other circumstances that can affect LGBTQ families. The website used its findings to rank every state in the nation.

The Aloha State ranked behind California and Illinois. Connecticut and Maryland rounded out the top five in the report.

Hawaii's "equality-focused state laws and policies" boosted its ranking. These laws relate to hate crimes, anti-discrimination, and adoptions.

"Hawaii's LGBTQ+ population density is also one of the highest on our list at 3.8 percent of the state's population. This means there are currently 42,581 LGBT-identifying individuals throughout the islands," the report said.

About 3,200 same-sex couples live in Hawaii.

The five worst-ranked states are West Virginia, Virginia, Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota, according to move.org.

The report coincides with Pride Month.

Although Hawaii Pride festivities don't take place until October, Honolulu Hale is already showing its colors.

The building will be illuminated in the colors of the rainbow from Tuesday until Saturday.

"In Hawaii we are surrounded by the beauty of actual rainbows almost daily, but it's the beauty of our people coming together in a rainbow of acceptance and respect, no matter their orientation, that makes our island home a truly special place," Mayor Caldwell said.

"I hope that by lighting Honolulu Hale in the colors of the rainbow all who look upon it will know that we are a place that thrives and is more resilient because of our LGBT community," he added.

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