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First full LGBT health clinic in New Jersey!

Today we take an important step forward as a community and a state, with the opening of the first full service LGBT health clinic. Robert Wood Johnson’s PROUD Family Health Clinic will serve "LGBTQIA" individuals and families, providing access to the services we need in our home state. RWJ recognizes that LGBT individuals have unique medical needs, and they are committed to providing for those needs in a safe and supportive environment. Prior to opening the PROUD Family Health Clinic, RWJ established a partnership with Garden State Equality to ensure that staff receive ongoing training in both cultural and clinical competencies. 1,100 employees have been trained so far! Continue reading

Sad day for American public education...

Everyday, Garden State Equality fights for the rights of New Jersey's most vulnerable students, working with families, educators, students, and school administrators to make our schools safer for LGBT youth. As the child of two public school teachers, a former educator, a historian, and a safe schools advocate, I know that an informed citizenry is the bedrock of democracy, and that quality public education is essential not only to our children's futures, but to the future of our country. There is no other way to put this: today is a sad day for American public education, and a sad day for our nation's children. Today, all but two Republican senators voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. In so doing they placed our public schools under the charge of an avowed enemy of public education. Continue reading

Joe Maldanado, a 8-year old Secaucus boy was kicked out of the Boy Scouts for being transgender

Garden State Equality stands with Joe Maldonado, an 8-year old Secaucus boy who was kicked out of the Boy Scouts for being transgender. We first met Joe in the summer of 2015, when his mom Kristie, a fierce advocate for her son, reached out to GSE for help in supporting Joe’s transition at school. We worked with his elementary school to ensure that Joe was able to attend school as a boy, providing policy consultation to administrators and professional development training for teachers and staff on working with transgender youth. Since that time we have continued to be an ally and resource to Joe’s family. Continue reading

Media Advisory: GARDEN STATE EQUALITY PLANS PROTEST AGAINST HOMOPHOBIC CONGRESSMAN SCOTT GARRETT

NEW JERSEY’S LARGEST LGBT ORGANIZATION CALLS ON MEMBERS TO DIRECTLY TAKE DOWN GARRETT AND CLEANSE NEW JERSEY OF HATE GLEN ROCK, NJ - Garden State Equality (GSE), New Jersey’s largest organization dedicated to the rights of the LGBT community, is calling on it’s members and anyone who stands against homophobia to attend a “No Hate In Our State” rally on October 18th in Glen Rock, NJ at the Harding Plaza next to Glen Rock City Hall. The location is a highly visible choice being right next to a major commuter train station in Garrett’s district. The rally will begin at 6pm. Continue reading

GARDEN STATE EQUALITY ANNOUNCES LIST OF BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

NEW JERSEY’S LARGEST LGBT ORGANIZATION AIMS TO ELECT THOSE SUPPORTIVE OF LGBT CAUSES, WILL FIGHT TO OUST GARRETT & SMITH FROM OFFICE Continue reading

Muslim-LGBTQ Unity Statement in Response to Divisive Rhetoric After Orlando Shooting

As members of the LGBTQ and Muslim communities in America, we are joined in solidarity, grief and outrage at the horrific attack that unfolded in Orlando on June 12. Our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers are with the victims, their families and the LGBTQ communities, particularly LGBTQ Latino communities. Continue reading

Vigils for those killed or wounded in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting

Garden State Equality has been diligently compiling data on the numerous vigils being held around the state in response to the horrific mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.  Please visit the link below to find vigils in your area: www.gardenstateequality.org/orlando Continue reading

GARDEN STATE EQUALITY OPPOSES JACK KELLY FOR STATE PAROLE BOARD

Governor Christie’s recent nomination of anti-LGBT Ocean County Freeholder is a slap in the face to LGBT New Jerseyans and anyone who believes in a fair criminal justice system NEW JERSEY, MAY 11TH 2016 – Garden State Equality is dedicated to serving the best interests and well-being of the LGBT community and are deeply concerned about Governor Christie’s recent nomination of the anti-LGBT Jack Kelly. His history of discrimination would have devastating results to our justice system. Continue reading

A Call To Action!

Unacceptable! Remember Ocean County Freeholder, Jack Kelly, who was so viciously anti-LGBT that a motion picture film, called “Freeheld“, was created because we fought hard to protect individuals from his homophobia? Jack Kelly was a member of the Freeholder board who repeatedly refused to grant Lt. Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree benefits. Kelly used his position of power to block equality for them in their moment of need as Laurel was dying. Continue reading

Garden State Equality Announces 10 Year Veteran of LGBT Advocacy Efforts as New Executive Director

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Will Fight Discrimination In Face of Divisive Presidential Campaign, Anti-LGBT Actions TRENTON: Ushering in a new era in the fight for equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, Garden State Equality today announced Christian Fuscarino as its new executive director. Fuscarino, who GSE named after conducting an exhaustive national search, laid out an ambitious agenda to fight discrimination in all forms. Continue reading