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Rainbow Colors on Henley Bridge

The City of Knoxville is committed to the equal rights and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) residents, workers and visitors. We aim to create a safe, accountable, inclusive and welcoming community so all Knoxville residents feel represented, respected and appreciated.


The Mayor’s LGBT Liaison works closely with LGBTQ+ groups and individuals to hear concerns and to share information through outreach and public education. The Liaison advises the Mayor on LGBTQ+ policy and other issues on the local, state and national levels. If you have suggestions or concerns about LGBTQ+ issues in Knoxville, please contact the Mayor’s LGBT Liaison.

Chip Barry
LGBT Liaison to the Mayor
Deputy Chief of Operations
City County Building 
400 Main St. - Rm. 681
Knoxville, TN  37902
[email protected]


The purpose of the Knoxville Police Department’s LGBT Liaison is to strengthen the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and the Police Department. By establishing an ongoing dialogue, the Liaison hears directly from community members about concerns, works collaboratively with the community to identify solutions, and educates about recommended safety measures and available resources. The LGBT Liaison also serves as an internal resource for KPD on issues of inclusiveness.

Officer Michele Goldsberry
Knoxville Police Department LGBTQ Liaison 
KPD Training Academy 
6388 Cement Plant Road
Knoxville, TN 37924
[email protected]
More on KPD LGBT Liaison


• City's 2019 Knox Pride Parade & Festival Photo Gallery - June 2019
• 2019 Knox Pride Photo Galleries  1  |  2  |  3  |  4   - June 2019
Knoxville PrideFest through the years - Knoxnews.com June 2019
Mayor Rogero releases response to statements made by Knox County Sheriff's Detective Grayson Fritts - June 2019
• Mayors Madeline Rogero, Glenn Jacobs denounce Detective Grayson Fritts' anti-LGBTQ comments - Knoxnews.com June 2019
Knox County Sheriff denounces detective's 'vile and hate-filled' sermon at county commission meeting - WBIR.com June 2019
• Pride Month: Everything you need to know about LGBTQ events in Knoxville - Knoxnews.com June 2019
• Y'all Means All - The Gay Scene in Knoxville - VisitKnoxville.com May 2019
• 2018 Knox Pride Photo Galleries  1  |  2  |  3  - June 2018
• 13th Knoxville PrideFest attracts large crowds - WBIR.com June 2018
• Rainbows, glitter decorate Knoxville for Pridefest, protesters respond - UTDailyBeacon.com June 2018
• Knoxville PrideFest predicted to be largest in event history - WATE.com June 2018
• Knoxville PrideFest 2018: 10 Things to Know - Knoxnews.com June 2018
• Knoxville Pride Parade Brings Rainbow of Color to Gay Street - Knoxnews.com June 2017
• Knoxville PrideFest shows its colors - UTDailyBeacon.com June 2017
• Hundreds Attend Vigil in Knoxville on Anniversary of Pulse Nightclub Shooting - Knoxnews.com June 2017
Knoxville PrideFest Draws Record Numbers in Wake of Orlando Shooting - Knoxnews.com - June 2016
One Year Later, Same-Sex Marriages an Everyday Occurrence in East Tennessee - Knoxnews.com - June 2016
• Positively Living Presents 'Julia Tucker Award' to Mayor Rogero - March 2016
• KPD Technical Services Unit Honored For Work on Anti-Bullying Campaign - July 2015
• Mayor Releases Statement on Supreme Court Marriage Ruling - June 2015
• Knoxvillians Celebrate Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling - KnoxMercury.com - June 2015
• Hundreds Attend Knoxville PrideFest Parade - June 2015
• City's 2015 Knox Pride Parade & Festival Photo Gallery - June 2015
• Video of Mayor Rogero on Same-Sex Marriage - KnoxNews.com - April 2015
• KPD Safety Education Unit Awarded Special Citation for Anti-Bullying Campaign - August 2014
• KPD Sponsors Take A Stand Against Bullying Event April 17 - March 2014
• City Expands Employee Benefits to Include Domestic Partners - October 2013
• Fair Housing Workshop Highlights LGBT Rights - September 2012
• Mayor Rogero Tells Knoxville Pride Revelers: 'It's OK to Say Gay' - Huffington Post - June 2012
• Mayor Rogero Becomes First Mayor to Participate in Knoxville PrideFest - June 2012
• City Proposes Expansion of Non-Discrimination Policies - April 2012


• ACLU Tennessee LGBT Equality
• ACLU Tennessee LGBT Youth Resource Center
Contact Care Line
• East Tennessee Diversity Prom
GLSEN Tennessee - East TN Chapter
• Knox Boyz of East Tennessee
• Knox Girlz of East Tennessee 
• Knoxville Gay Men's Discussion Group 
Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus
Knox Pride
• Knoxville Transgender Group
Hope Center Covenant Health 
• Lesbian Social Group
• Mobile Crisis Unit Helen Ross McNabb
• Pellissippi Pride
Positively Living
• SOFFAs of East Tennessee Transgenders
Tennessee Equality Project
Tennessee Open for Business Members
Trans Empowerment Project
UTK Pride Center  |  Resources
• Voices for Trans Youth Campaign 

• Bisexual Resource Center
• CDC LGBT Youth Resources
• Equality Federation
• GLAAD  |  Community Resources  |  Reference Guide
Human Rights Campaign
• Lambda Legal
• Matthew Shepard Foundation
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
• National LGBTQ Task Force