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  • LGBTQ Senior Housing & Care Expo

    The 2nd Annual LGBTQ Senior Housing & Care Expo will be held on May 19th, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM.

    Pioneering Pathways: Integrating LGBT Affirming Practices into Senior Living will include vendors and educational seminars. A networking lunch is provided to pre-registered participants. This event is FREE and open to the public.

    Sessions include:

    • Making the case for LGBTQ senior inclusion
    • Healthcare needs and partnerships
    • Environment & culture in an LGBTQ senior community
    • Legislative update with Garden State Equality

    This event is sponsored by Green Hill, Garden State Equality, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Horizon NJ Health.

    This event is FREE, handicap accessible, and open to the public.

    To register, click here!

  • Summer Volunteer Orientation

    Garden State Equality is gearing up for an exciting, busy summer—and we need your help!

    We're working around-the-clock to advance equality for LGBTQ people in New Jersey by promoting safe schools, expanding access to affirming healthcare, and passing critical laws that protect gay and transgender New Jerseyans each and every day.

    And our work doesn't stop at our state borders: we're championing equality nationwide by working to pass The Equality Act in Congress and fighting back against the Trump-Pence administration's anti-LGBTQ agenda.

    This summer is packed with important events—such as our Equality Ball and dozens of Pride festivals throughout the state—where we'll be connecting directly with New Jerseyans and talking about our important work. We'll need all the help we can get to grow our movement. That's where you come in!

    Join us on Tuesday, May 21 at our Asbury Park headquarters for our Summer Volunteer Orientation and find out how you can become an integral part of Garden State Equality.

    Be sure to bring a friend. We'll have free pizza too!

  • Equality Ball 2019



    Please join us on May 31, 2019 at the Asbury Lanes for our third annual Equality Ball—our premier event and largest annual fundraiser!

    Every day, our team is busy advocating for the LGBTQ community in our state and developing programs that will serve as models for other states, agencies, and organizations. Because of your support each year at the Equality Ball, Garden State Equality is able to continue this remarkable and important work.

    In a post-marriage world where many LGBTQ orgs are shrinking or shutting down, Garden State Equality is thriving as a national leader. We're doing innovative programmatic work to make our schools safer, expand access and quality of healthcare, and meet the needs of LGBTQ older adults. Plus, we're still passing transformative laws that reach and protect all New Jerseyans—including the second-in-the-nation LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum law and the historic Babs Siperstein Law.

    Thank you for your interest.

    The Equality Ball 2019 is now sold out.

    If you have previously made a financial commitment to purchasing tickets but have not yet done so, you may complete your ticket purchase below. If you have not made a previous financial commitment and submit a ticket purchase, your ticket may be refunded. For all other inquiries, please email

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  • Pride Weekend Party at The Equality Ball

    • Friday, May 31, 2019 at 09:30 PM
    • The Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ
    • $35.00 USD

    Join Garden State Equality and our supporters as we kick-off Jersey Pride with our Pride Weekend Party at The Equality Ball!

    Weren't able to get a ticket to The Equality Ball before they sold out? Our Pride Weekend Party takes place immediately after The Equality Ball... and is open to everyone! Enjoy an evening full of dancing, drinks, and fun at the Asbury Hotel. Tickets are $35, and there will be a cash bar. 

    If you already have a ticket to The Equality Ball, there's no need to RSVP—you have free access!

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  • March with Garden State Equality and Tito's Handmade Vodka at Jersey Pride!

    We will have a limited number of free t-shirts available for the first people to sign up at our pre-parade party. RSVP below!

    Pre-Parade Party - 10:45 am at Johnny Macs 208 Main St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    Parade Kick Off - 11:45 am in the City Hall Parking Lot (look for the big Tito's Vodka float and Garden State Equality members)

  • Montclair Bounce Festival



    Growing up, there’s family, there’s school, there’s the world online, and there’s “adulting” -- In Real Life.
    High school and after can be exciting, stressful, full of ups-and-downs. It can seem like… a lot. But there’s
    a lot you can do to get through, to build resilience and bounce!

    IRL will feature peer-to-peer and expert guidance; live music by local favorite Tennis Boy Will and co.;
    video, food, swag, and more.

    The IRL Mini-Conference is a positive, something-for-everyone evening designed to help you:
     Recognize available mental health tools and resources
     Feel connected to a caring community
     Feel resilient!
     (Give yourself a pat on the back… and maybe even some high school credit*!!)


    GSE will present a workshop on LGBTQ Resiliency for Youth at the Bounce festival. 


    Visit to find out more information about this FREE event! 

  • Pride Night at Lakewood BlueClaws

    Join Garden State Equality and the Lakewood BlueClaws for the first-ever BlueClaws Pride Night!

    A portion of ticket sales will benefit Garden State Equality's work to support safe inclusive sports in New Jersey schools.

    Additionally, the first 1,500 fans will receive a BlueClaws Pride Night Cap. Be sure to stay after the game for Post-Game Fireworks.

    Click here to buy tickets!

  • An Evening with Perry N. Halkitis

    • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    • Garden State Equality

    Join Garden State Equality for an evening with Perry N. Halkitis, author of Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation.

    This event is free and open to the public. Free wine and refreshments will be provided. 100% of all book sales will benefit Garden State Equality!

    Perry N. Halkitis is Dean and Professor at the School of Public Health at Rutgers University. For over two decades, Dr. Halkitis's program of research has examined the intersection of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, drug abuse, and mental health burden, and the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and structural factors that predispose these and other health disparities in the LGBTQ population. His most recent book, The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, was a 2014 Lambda Literary Award nominee and recipient of the American Psychological Association Distinguished Book Award in LGBT Psychology. He is the recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations. Throughout his career, Dr. Halkitis has fought for the rights of those infected with and affected by HIV, and has been an outspoken advocate for the health of the LGBTQ population.

    Out in Time explores the life experiences of three generations of gay men—the Stonewall, AIDS, and Queer generations—arguing that while there are generational differences in the lived experiences of young gay men, each one confronts its own unique historical events, realities, and socio-political conditions, there are consistencies across time that define and unify the identity formation of gay men. Guided by the vast research literature on gay identity formation and coming out, the ideas and themes explored are seen through the oral histories of a diverse set of fifteen gay men, five from each generation.

  • Aging in Place: Maplewood

    • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 01:00 PM
    • The Woodland in Maplewood , NJ


    Many older adults are aging without a plan in place. Issues around caretaking, power of attorney, wills, and other legal issues begin to come up and many older adults are unprepared to tackle these issues. This preparation workshop will help LGBTQ older adults to start thinking about a plan that is tailored to their needs.




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  • SAGETable: Maplewood

    • Friday, June 21, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    • The Woodland in Maplewood , NJ


    Back by popular demand, GSE is hosting SAGETable again! With over 100 participants combined at our North, Central, and South Jersey location, we figured Maplewood is the next best place! For this edition of SAGETable, we will be showing the film Gen Silent, a documentary about LGBTQ aging issues. To view the trailer for the documentary, click here!

    Why SAGE TABLE? Our goal is to draw our community closer together, to alleviate the loneliness common to many LGBTQ seniors and to share stories and ideas. This is a space to begin a conversation about how we relate to people across age boundaries in our community, and how we can take action together.


    Dinner will be served! 

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