WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is praising Akron, and five other Ohio cities, for being inclusive with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.

The group this week released its 2018 Municipal Equality Index report.

Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo earned perfect scores of 100 despite being in a state without LGBTQ-inclusive statewide non-discrimination laws, the group said. The index examines issues such as non-discrimination laws, municipal services and law enforcement.

The average score for Ohio cities is 90, which is far above the national average of 58. The group also examined Dublin (31) and Lakewood (85) in Ohio.

"We have much to celebrate with six out of eight ranked cities reaching a 100 percent score on the index," Alana Jochum, executive director of Equality Ohio, said in a prepared statement. "This is particularly important in a state like Ohio, which lacks LGBTQ-inclusive statewide nondiscrimination protections. Because our state legislators have failed to act for LGBTQ people, municipalities are filling the gaps to create a culture of lived and legal equality for LGBTQ residents."

To read the full report, including detailed scorecards for every city, go to: www.hrc.org/mei.