Cincinnati received its fifth consecutive perfect score this year from the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy organization that annually rates cities’ friendliness to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who live and work there.

The group’s Municipal Equality Index also gave Covington a near-perfect rating: 94 out of 100, up significantly from 74 in 2018.

It’s heartening news — especially about Covington — for Shawn Jeffers, an educator for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of Greater Cincinnati.

“Being that kind of largest area in Northern Kentucky and setting that example is important for Kentucky,” said Jeffers, whose job involves ensuring schools in the area are accepting of children regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. “If you see the city doing something good, I think other folks also want to follow it. I think it’s great.”