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  • foster care and adoption information session

    What to combat LGBTQ youth homelessness? Garden State Equality is partnering with the Monmouth County Department of Children and Families, Resource Parent Recruiter,  to find foster/adoptive home for LGBTQ youth and also recruit LGBTQ resource families. 
    We are hosting a foster care and adoption information session at the GSE offices from 6-8 pm on September 28th, 2018. Food and refreshment will be served. If you are interested please contact Kara Johantgen at 1-800-392-9511  ext. 2126 or email at Kara.Johantgen@dcf.nj.gov to RSVP!
  • Mercer County House Meeting

    This County's House Meeting will be held at Mercer County Library Lawrence Headquarters. This meet and greet will allow attendees to discuss issues, learn about programs for 2018, meet staff, and engage with fellow members of their community.

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  • Big Gay Block Party

    Join Project REAL for a Big Gay Block Party!

    With live music, DJ Uncle's Nephew, cornhole, free food, drag performances, and prizes! Tour the new LGBTQ Health Center and get tested for free!

    All LGBTQ Organizations are welcome to join the fun! Volunteers welcome, please contact Project REAL:
    (732) 455-5516 projectrealap@gmail.com

  • LGBT Older Adult Focus Group

    Do you identify within the LGBT Spectrum?

    Are you 55 years or older?

    Join our focus groups as a part of our Pledge and Protect initiative!

    This 90-minute focus group will be held at Pine Street Recreation Center. This focus group is for anyone age 55 and older that identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender to share your experiences and identify your needs for housing and access to social and healthcare services. These focus groups are an essential part of developing a quality need assessment which we will distribute statewide in the future.

    Dinner & snacks provided! 

    We will meet at Pine Street Recreation Center, 25 Pine Street, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 (shares parking lot with the Bay Avenue Community Center/ across the street from Stockton at Manahawkin).

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  • Come Out & Play Concert

    Namoli Brennet is an award-winning musician who has been labeled “among the best folk-rock artists in the country” from The Tucson Weekly and has been touring with her own brand of moody and inspiring folk since 2002 in the U.S. and Europe. From her first cd “Boy in a Dress” (2002) thru this year’s “The Simple Life”, with 13 released recordings and tens of thousands of touring miles logged, the fact that she’s trans is not the most significant part of her story but it’s clearly not a hidden footnote either.

    “I got my first guitar when I was 9. It was around this time too that I had the first inkling that there was something different about me,” said Brennet. “I didn’t have words for it at the time, but a few years later I would read something about a ‘transexual’ and feel like it was the closest I could come to describing myself. I grew up in a very strict Catholic family and was even an altar boy for awhile, so I filed this revelation under ‘things I should probably keep to myself.”

    No longer keeping such secrets is the focus of Come Out & Play, a new concert series featuring Brennet at its kickoff event on Sunday, October 7th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County in Lincroft beginning at 5pm. The event will benefit Garden State Equality.

    “Come Out & Play provides a stage for LGBTQ musicians and songwriters to express themselves and their experience through their creative work,” said Tom McCormack, who is producing the event along with his husband, Bruce Meltzer. “The first time I heard Namoli’s music I had a deep and profound reaction to her lyrics, her voice and performance, so when I learned that she was going to be touring and had an open date in our area, I eagerly encouraged her to come to New Jersey.”

    McCormack, who was the co-creator and executive producer of GLAMA, the Gay / Lesbian American Music Awards and a former executive director of OUTmusic, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of LGBTQ music makers, will host and also be a featured performer at the event.

    While the accolades she has received have been welcome, Brennet’s primary motivation for creating her music is much more fundamental.

    “I used to think that awards, reviews, opening slots, venues and a certain amount of recognition and success would bring happiness,” said Brennet. “All of those things are wonderful gifts but pale in comparison to the moment when music takes over, you close your eyes and play the perfect note at the perfect time and know that in that moment something meaningful is taking place and you’re privileged enough to be able to deliver it.”

    Tickets are available online at www.comeoutandplayconcerts.com or at the door. A $25 suggested donation is requested and the event proceeds will benefit Garden State Equality.

  • Health Fair for the LGBTQ Community

    Free Screenings

    • Body Fat Analysis
    • Smokerlyzer Test
    • Falls Risk Assessment
    • Medication Review
    • Blood Pressure
    • Free Rapid HIV Testing
    • Cholesterol *
    • Diabetes *

    * Appointments are necessary for the Cholesterol and Diabetes screenings only. Those
    screenings are to be scheduled by calling 1-877-283-2276. Participants will go to the
    hospital lab at the appointment time and receive their results on the day of the event.

     

    Information Tables

    • Fertility
    • Nutrition
    • Heart Health
    • Stroke Awareness
    • Joint Replacement
    • Vision
    • Cancer
    • Smoking Cessation
    • Diabetes
    • Access to Healthcare
    • Home Care
    • Palliative Care
    • Stress
    • Management/Mental Health
    • Human Rights Campaign
    • YWCA
    • Healing SPACE: The Sexual Violence Resource Center of Bergen County
    • The Tyler Clementi Foundation – Antibullying
    • Garden State Equality – LGBT Health Information
    • GLSEN Northern NJ
    • SAGE Jersey City – Resources for LGBT Older Adults
    • Buddies of New Jersey
    • Gilead
    • New Bridge Medical Center

     

    Lectures

    9:15 a.m. – Being the Healthiest You
    11 a.m. – Family Planning – Fertility and You

    For questions or to register, call 1-877-283-2276

  • 9th Annual Equality Walk

    • Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM – October 14, 2018
    • Asbury Park, Atlantic City, and Montclair

    Three Separate Locations  •  Same Great Event


    Equality Walk is Garden State Equality’s largest annual community fundraiser. Last year, we had hundreds of individuals in attendance and raised thousands of dollars. Now in its ninth year, this year’s walk will be our biggest and best yet. That’s because, while in previous years we have hosted one walk, this year, to under score the fact that we are a statewide organization with an unwavering commitment to all of NJ, we will be hosting an Equality Walk Weekend and holding a total of three separate walks, representing the three geographical regions of our great state: north, central, and south.
     

    October 13  •  Atlantic City
    Registration 10am - Walk 11am

    October 13  •  Asbury Park
    Registration 4pm - Walk 5pm

    October 14  •  Montclair
    Registration 11am - Walk 12pm


    For more information and to register, visit
    www.EqualityWalk.us 

  • Union County House Meeting

    This County's House Meeting will be held at the home of Kyle Chi-Lee. This meet and greet will allow attendees to discuss issues, learn about programs for 2018, meet staff, and engage with fellow members of their community.

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  • LGBT Older Adult Focus Group

    Do you identify within the LGBT Spectrum?

    Are you 55 years or older?

    Join our focus groups as a part of our Pledge and Protect initiative!

    This 90-minute focus group will be held at Samost Jewish Family & Children's Service. This focus group is for anyone age 55 and older that identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender to share your experiences and identify your needs for housing and access to social and healthcare services. These focus groups are an essential part of developing a quality need assessment which we will distribute statewide in the future.

    Dinner & snacks provided! 

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  • Middlesex County House Meeting

    • Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 02:00 PM
    • The home of Aruna Rao

    This County's House Meeting will be held at the home of Aruna Rao. This meet and greet will allow attendees to discuss issues, learn about programs for 2018, meet staff, and engage with fellow members of their community.

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