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  • Film Screening: Gen Silent

     

    Join us for a FREE viewing and discussion of the critically acclaimed film Gen Silent. Gen Silent explores the life, care and housing challenges of LGBT Seniors in America. Bianca Mayes, Health and Wellness Coordinator for Garden State Equality will facilitate a group discussion. Part of the Green Hill cultural competency program of the LGBT Senior Housing and Care program.

    To view the trailer, please click here! 

    This program is FREE and open to the public regardless of race, national origin, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Green Hill is handicap accessible. 

     

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  • 1st Annual LGBTQ Equality at Work Symposium

    1st Annual LGBTQ Equality at Work Symposium

    An Event to Promote Corporate Diversity and Inclusion

    Sponsored by the First Energy Foundation & Jersey Central Power & Light

    Garden State Equality is holding our first annual LGBTQ Equality at Work Symposium on March 28. The Symposium will be an incredible vehicle for change-makers in the corporate world to collaborate while hearing directly from industry leaders who’ve been driving innovative practices for diversity.

    The Equality at Work Symposium will focus on ways to improve the knowledge and effectiveness of Employee Resource Groups, affinity groups, and diversity councils with regards to LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace.

    Finally, the daylong event will close with keynote speaker Robyn Gigl, a partner at Gluck Walrath, LLP. Gigl is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Minority Concerns, a trustee of the NJ State Bar Foundation, and a transgender activist. She will lead a discussion on “Observations from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling – A Trans Woman’s Perspective” at the symposium.

    The event’s agenda will include a continental breakfast, a panel of professional speakers, Q&A’s, a networking luncheon, as well as a happy hour at the end of the day's events.

    Symposium Agenda

    9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Continental Breakfast

    9:30 AM - 9:45 AM: Event Sponsor and Garden State Equality Executive Director, Christian Fuscarino, Welcome

    9:45 AM - 10:20 AM: Mr. Aaron Potenza, PhD(C), Policy Director, Garden State Equality: “Developing Community Partnerships to Help Promote Workplace Diversity”

    10:20 AM - 10:55 AM: Tracey Fama, Ethics & Compliance Manager, US & Puerto Rico, GSK Consumer Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, “The Role of the Ally in Developing a Strong Employee Resource Group: Some Notes from the Field”

    10:55 AM - 11:05 AM: Break

    11:05 AM - 11:40 AM: Tyree Oredein, DrPh, Safe Schools Coordinator, Garden State Equality, “LGBTQQIAA and a Conversation About Intersectionality”

    11:40 AM - 12:15 PM: Barbara Frankel, Executive Editor, Working Mother Research Institute, “Creating an Inclusive Workplace Where Employees Self-Disclose”

    12:15 PM - 1:15 PM: Networking Lunch

    1:15 PM - 2:15 PM: Keynote Speaker, Robyn Gigl, Partner, Gluck Walrath, LLP, “Observations from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling – A Trans Woman’s Perspective”

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Networking Happy Hour presented by Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, P.C.

     

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  • 2nd Annual “Equality Through Art” Contest

    • Monday, April 01, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Garden State Equality
    Safe Schools & Anti-Bullying Program
    2nd Annual “Equality Through Art” Contest

    Contest Rules:

    • The theme for 2019 is “Transformation: Tell Your Story”
    • 9th- 12th grade students are permitted to submit a 1 page personal story or written work about the day-to-day experiences that helped make them the person they are today. Students can focus on experiences in their family, school, community, or country and the impact those experiences have had on making them a more aware, inclusive, and caring young person.
    • All students must have a host teacher to submit their story.
    • Submissions must be able to be sent via Google Form bit.ly/tellyourstory2019 to GSE’s Safe Schools Coordinator, Ashley Chiappano.

     

    Submission Deadline and Winners:

    • All submission must be sent by  April 1st, 2019.
    • Essays will be voted on by GSE staff and partners via social media.
    • There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
    • 1st place ($100 gift card), 2nd place ($50 gift), 3rd place ($25 gift).  

     

    Please complete form and send submissions to:

    bit.ly/tellyourstory2019

     

    All students who submit an essay will be invited, along with their families, and host teacher to attend an event hosted by GSE and its partners!  

    If there is an issue submitting via Google Forms, please see reverse side and submit via mail to Ashley Chiappano, Safe Schools Coordinator, 1408 Main Street, Asbury Park, NJ 07712.

  • SAGETable Asbury Park

    Back by popular demand, GSE is hosting SAGETable again! With over 75 participants combined at our North, Central, and South Jersey location, we figured Asbury Park 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.

    The A-Team of Hackensack Meridian Healthcare is providing FREE RAPID HIV TESTING ON SITE! THIS IS A FREE EVENT for everyone who considers themselves LGBTQ or an ally regardless of age! 

    Please note, this facility is not handicap accessible. There is no elevator and viewers are required to walk down a few stairs to the screening room. 

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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 is a 90-minute focus group. 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! 

    Sign up today, space is limited!

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  • Library Series - Toms River

    “LGBTQ 101” Workshop
    (Administrators/Teachers/School Staff/Community)
    Our “LGBTQ 101” workshop provides participants with basic information, terminology, and key
    concepts around gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and intersectionality.
    Participants will learn the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth in school and community settings
    and how to to be inclusive and affirming of the LGBTQ community.

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    Gen Silent is a 2010 documentary film, directed and produced by Stu Maddux. The documentary follows the lives of six LGBT seniors living in the Boston area who must choose if they will hide their sexuality in order to survive in the long-term health care system. It has been screened at numerous colleges and universities as well as in front of government agencies and healthcare organizations. It premiered at the Boston LGBTQ Film Festival and has won numerous awards at others.

    The title of the film is a reference to the generations of older LGBTQ people who remain in the closet or re-enter the closet out of concern for their safety or quality of life. As a result of the documentary, the term Gen Silent has increased in use as a way to refer to this group.

    To view the trailer for the documentary, click here!

    At the conclusion of this event, there will be a panel answering questions regarding LGBTQ aging. 

    THIS IS A FREE EVENT for everyone! 

    Please note, this facility is handicap accessible. Parking can be found in the rear. 

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  • Library Series-Jackson

    “LGBTQ 101” Workshop
    (Administrators/Teachers/School Staff/Community)
    Our “LGBTQ 101” workshop provides participants with basic information, terminology, and key
    concepts around gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and intersectionality.
    Participants will learn the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth in school and community settings
    and how to to be inclusive and affirming of the LGBTQ 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 Valley Hospital. 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!  

    Sign up today, space is limited! 

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  • LGBTQ 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 is a 90-minute focus group. 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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