As suggested by the work of Richard Florida and others, this article examines whether cities which provide greater protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) residents fare better economically? To answer this question, the author used a relatively new measure of a city’s laws and policies concerning its LGBT residents and several standard measures related to economic prosperity. The statistical analyses document a relationship between a city’s economic success and its protections and benefits for LGBT residents. The author offers several different reasons why these relationships continue to show up in the literature and the implications for cities, corporations and individuals.
|Keywords:||Gay Rights, LGBT Communities, Cities and Towns, Human Rights, Urban Growth, Economic Development|
Vice President, President's Office, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, USA