LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An organization representing people who identify as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual, has given the city of Louisville a "perfect 100" when it comes to support of the LGBT community, according to a news release from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office.

The Human Rights Campaign announced the ranking Thursday morning. Mayor Fischer's office says Louisville is one of the first southern cities -- and the only one in Kentucky -- to receive the distinction.

"This honor reflects our commitment to compassion, fairness and equality," Fischer stated in the release. "It highlights our belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all, our belief that everyone has the right to be treated with respect."

Fischer praised the work of the Metro Louisville Human Relations Commission, as well as the Louisville Metro Police Department, which hosted its first LGBT Citizens Police Academy last spring. He also expressed his belief that the ranking will boost they city's economic development efforts.

Chris Hartman, director of The Fairness Campaign, said, according to the news release, that his organization, "couldn't be more proud of Louisville's perfect score and the work of Mayor Greg Fischer and his administration to achieve it."

According to its Web site, the Human Rights Campaign is, "the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans," and boasts, "a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide -- all committed to making HRC's vision a reality."

"HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community," the site states.

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