Rev. Warren Hall, a proudly pro-LGBT priest at Seton Hall University, was fired recently after he posted pro-LGBT content on Facebook. Seton Hall’s firing of Hall is outrageous. We agree with students at Seton Hall that “The Archdiocese of Newark’s decision to fire Father Warren hall from Seton Hall University is in line with neither the teachings of Jesus Christ nor the words of Pope Francis.” We join the students of Seton Hall University in calling for Father Hall’s reinstatement. ...
Posted by Garden State Equality on May 18, 2015
After a vote of 43 to 25 in the New Jersey Assembly, the New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act—which solidifies the rights of parents whose child has been carried by a gestational surrogate—moves onto Governor Chris Christie for his signature. “The New Jersey Assembly, led by Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle and Senator Joe Vitale, has done a great thing by passing this important legislation,” says Garden State Equality Executive Director Andrea Bowen. “Now the Governor needs to ...
Posted by Garden State Equality on May 15, 2015
Garden State Equality and Partners Unveil Statewide Project to Change School Climates and End Bullying
NUTLEY, NJ – Garden State Equality, with Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and community partners from GLSEN Central New Jersey, HiTOPS, Spectrum Diversity, the Innisfree Foundation, New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention, Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey, and ACLU-NJ, unveiled at Nutley High School a plan to have a measurable, positive, statewide impact on schools’ openness to diversity, including LGBT inclusivity. In other words, GSE and ...
Posted by Garden State Equality on March 17, 2015
Garden State Equality and Police Officer Sue DesMarais Expose Homophobic, Transphobic, Racist Texts of NJ Police Chief – Chief Resigns
For immediate release Andrea Bowen (973) 298-1295 Monmouth County, NJ – Garden State Equality, NJ’s statewide civil rights organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community helped a Monmouth County SPCA Officer, Sue DesMarais, expose the homophobic, transphobic, and racist text messages of Monmouth SPCA Police Chief Victor “Buddy” Amato. Following the posting of a story in Buzzfeed about Amato’s texts, Amato resigned. “Sue ...
Posted by Garden State Equality on March 12, 2015
We won’t let schools push around LGBT students. In the last few months, we’ve been working with Rubin Smyers, an amazing sixteen year-old transgender boy from Ocean County, whose school told him he couldn’t use the boys’ bathroom. Rubin asked his school administration to reconsider. He started a petition on Change.org, asking people to support his cause to use the boys’ room, and other boys’ facilities at school. He contacted Garden State ...
Posted by Garden State Equality on December 22, 2014