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Human Rights
The Human Rights program works to ensure equal treatment, free of discrimination, for people who live, visit or work in the City of Rockville. The Human Rights Commission is charged with minimizing the effects of conflict and promoting appreciation of diversity within the city.

If you are a resident or visitor of the City of Rockville and feel that you have experienced discrimination based on age, ancestry, creed, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, sexual orientation, gender or presence of children, you may file a complaint through the Human Rights Office. Complaints that are determined to be discriminatory may be heard by the Human Rights Commission.

Human Rights Commission Programs

The city's Human Rights Commission
 sponsors educational and cultural programs that promote global thinking, encourage civic awareness and/or reflect the rich diversity found in Rockville. For more information about the commission or the following programs, contact Janet Kelly at 240-314-8316 or .

Second Annual Rockville Pride

2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 16
Rockville Town Square and the second-floor conference room of Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave.

Rockville celebrates its LGBTQ community with this multigenerational event featuring live performances, educational booths, interactive dialogue, crafts, a moonbounce  and face painting. Dialogue will take place in the library. Performances and educational booths will be in Rockville Town Square. Free and open to all ages. Find parking options at rockvilleparking.com. 

Donations will be accepted for Casa Ruby shelter.

Photo of Pride donation to Casa Ruby

Picture of staff at Casa Ruby accepting donations
from the Second Annual Rockville Pride event.  

Thanks to our sponsors:

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Diversity Leadership Workshop

This is a dynamic, highly interactive workshop for students living in Rockville, or attending high school in Rockville or Montgomery College-Rockville. It provides tools for students to handle difficult situations with an understanding of diverse populations. Students learn how to recognize prejudice and create an environment of inclusion in their schools. Student Service Learning Credits are offered. Verification of hours spent is available for college students. Light refreshments are provided.

Multimedia Contest
Students living, or attending high school, in Rockville are challenged to think globally about human rights issues. Students are asked to develop a product (e.g., a video, photo, essay, poem or other work of art) that creates awareness about a human rights topic or topics. Download past contest guidelines and the entry packet.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration commemorates King's work and celebrates Rockville's diverse community. As part of the celebration, the commission awards annually the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth and F. Michael Taff awards.

Nominate Someone Today for the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award or F. Michael Taff Award
The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award is given to a student from a Rockville high school who has worked to fulfill Dr. King's dream. Complete the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award nomination form online.

The F. Michael Taff Award to a business, organization or adult that has helped to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Complete the F. Michael Taff Award nomination form.

The HRC hosts forums throughout the year to engage the community in discussions of topics that have a local and global impact.

A June 2014 forum explored the changing demographics in Rockville. View a PowerPoint presentation from the forum.