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2021 Year in review: News • Progress in Arlington proves patience pays

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Then-Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, right, and District 4 Councilmember Andrew Piel, left, present a city proclamation honoring LGBTQ Pride Month to HELP Center CEO DeeJay Johannessen In 2013, when the Human Rights Campaign issued its annual Municipal Equality Index, the city of Arlington here in North Texas scored a dismal 11 on the 100-point scale.

Last month, HRC issued its MEI again, and this time — after eight years of working diligently with LGBTQ advocates — the city in the center of the DFW Metroplex proudly scored a perfect 100.

That is a 37-point increase from just last year when Arlington scored a 63. DeeJay Johannessen, a long-time Arlington resident and CEO of Tarrant County’s HELP Center for LGBT Health and Wellness which just

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