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  • Out of the Shade Writing Project

    • Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM

    Often the LGBTQ movement overlooks and erases the narratives and contributions of queer and trans people of color who remain in the shadows. Garden State Equality is inviting Queer and Trans Youth of Color to come “Out of the Shade” by submitting stories, poems and prose about you, your lives and your communities.

    Out of the Shade Guidelines:

    • Young people ages 14 through 24 who identify as both a member of the LGBTQ+ community AND as a person of color are invited to contribute.
    • Submissions may be of any literary genre including but not limited to fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays, romance, fantasy, mystery, satire, etc. Subject matter is open to self-discovery, intersectionality, challenges, identities, love and relationships, family, experiences, dreams, coming out, etc.
    • All submissions must be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman size 12-point font with 1-inch top/bottom margins and 1 left/right margins.  
    • Submissions should be no more than 10 pages long.
    • Submissions must be emailed to with “Out of the Shade Submission” in the subject line
    • All submissions must be accompanied with an entry form using the same email you used to send in your submission.
    • All submissions will be considered for inclusion in a published anthology.
    • Selected entries will be included for publication in an anthology, though excerpts from all entries will be included on the Garden State Equality website.
    • Any submission that endorses or promotes hate rhetoric will be disqualified from the project.

    The deadline for submissions has been extended to Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:59pm

  • The Equality Soiree

    • Friday, March 06, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    • The Ashford in Jersey City, NJ
    • $150.00 USD

    Garden State Equality is excited to announce our first annual Equality Soiree!

    Please join us for an evening of glitz and glamor to celebrate how we're moving equality forward in New Jersey.

    The Equality Soiree will be hosted at The Ashford in downtown Jersey City, just a few steps from the PATH station. Your ticket to our premier event includes an open bar with dazzling cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.

    Attire: Winter Festive — white and/or sequin encouraged.

    The Equality Soiree Host Committee: Franklin Cumberbatch, Jr. & Zak Karim

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  • Educators for Equality 2020 Networking Event

    • Friday, May 01, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    • Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ

    Join Educators for Equality—a grassroots organization of LGBTQ educators and allies who are working to build safe and inclusive environments for educators and students in New Jersey—for a special networking event!

    Event will include a cash bar and light fare. More details to come soon!

  • LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Conference

    • Saturday, May 02, 2020 at 08:00 AM
    • Monmouth University
    • $199.00 USD

    Garden State Equality in partnership with Make It Better for Youth will present the LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Conference to promote safety, inclusion, and best practices regarding LGBTQ-specific topics in education. The conference will provide a comprehensive opportunity for educators, administrators, and community members to build awareness and cultural competency in schools, as well as learn of emerging practices and gather resources from leading experts in the field.


    Complete details and schedule for the day will be announced by March 31, 2020. Sessions and topics will include:

    • LGBTQ 101
    • History/Social Studies
    • World Languages
    • Math
    • Science/STEM
    • Arts/Performing Arts
    • ELA
    • Gender Identity and Expression
    • LGBTQ Youth and Mental Health
    • Intersectional Identities
    • Queer Black/Brown history
    • Gay Liberation Movement History

    Stay tuned for more information!

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  • Save the Date: Equality Ball 2020

    Please join us on June 5, 2020 at the Asbury Lanes for our fourth annual Equality Ball—our premier event and largest annual fundraiser Tickets will go on sale in the Spring of 2020.