Liaisons and Services to the LGBTQ Community
Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement
The City of Eugene is committed to creating a city where everyone feels safe and welcome. Eugene City Council has adopted ordinances that include gender identity and sexual orientation as protected classes (City Code 4.613). The City Manager’s Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement (HRNI) is tasked with strengthening partnerships with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community members, tracking hate and bias activities against the LGBTQ community, providing support services, and educating city staff and the local community on diversity and inclusion.
HRNI is responsible for fielding discrimination complaints related to housing, employment, public access (including accessibility requests and grievances) and city contracts that occur within the City of Eugene.
The office also provides victim support and community response to hate and bias activity against the LGBTQ community.
Human Rights Commission
The City of Eugene Human Rights Commission (HRC) is tasked with advising City Council and staff on human rights policy, including protections to LGBTQ community members. The commission has created a work group focused on identifying and addressing needs of marginalized communities. The Whole Eugene Community United (WeCU work group) includes LGBTQ representatives and partners with local LGBTQ organizations to promote awareness and advocate for public services and spaces to be more inclusive of LGBTQ community members. HRC and WeCU meetings are open to the public.
Eugene Police Department
The Eugene Police Department has appointed a departmental LGBTQ liaison. The purpose of appointing a liaison is to facilitate law enforcement engagement with the LGBTQ community and reporting of potential hate crimes. Detective Chris White serves as the EPD’s LGBTQ liaison.
The position is based in EPD’s Investigation Division and focuses on the public safety needs of the LGBTQ community. The position’s goal is to help prevent and reduce incidents, and increase trust and collaboration that leads to the closure of hate and violent crime cases against LGBTQ community members. Additionally, the liaison collaborates with various police divisions and the Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement (HRNI) to educate and assist officers, residents, businesses, and organizations about LGBTQ issues.
To discuss non-emergency issues and current investigations, provide information, or request attendance at a meeting or event, please contact:
Detective Chris White
EPD Liaison to LGBTQ Community
Eugene’s Municipal Equality Index
The Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI) demonstrates the ways that cities support LGBTQ+ people who live and work there. In 2019, the City of Eugene received the highest score, which demonstrates the City’s commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ community members and employees. Click here to see the full report.