LGBTQIA+ Liaison

The City of Rockford supports the rights of our LGBTQIA+ community. As such, the city has appointed its first LGBTQIA+ Liaison to provide an informed voice to the city’s Executive Office on LGBTQIA+ issues in the Rockford community. The Liaison will serve as an accessible and friendly ear to the city’s LGBTQIA+ community and elevates LGBTQIA+ related concerns to the Executive Office. The Liaison currently serves as Co-President of the city’s LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group to further cultivate a respectful and inclusive working environment for all city employees, while also advancing the education, protections, and policies for LGBTQIA+ citizens and allies within the City of Rockford. The Liaison works collaboratively with the city’s Human Resources Department, city staff and community organizations to promote equity and human rights for the LGBTQIA+ community.

In 2021, the City of Rockford was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for the city’s inclusive LGBTQIA+ laws, policies, and services. The HRC ranked Rockford as the 3rd highest rated city in the State of Illinois in its 10th Annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The MEI is updated annually and is used to measure how inclusive municipal policies, laws, and services are for the LGBTQIA+ community. The MEI rates cities on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQIA+ equality. The Liaison and LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group aim to increase the City of Rockford’s ranking each year. Learn more about the Municipal Equality Index at hrc.org/mei.

Contact the LGBTQIA+ Liaison:

Emily Schmidt (They/Them)
LGBTQIA+ Liaison/Manager of Youth Prevention & Intervention Strategies
City of Rockford Mayor’s Office of Domestic and Community Violence Prevention
Fill out the form below or call 779-348-7267