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  • TGNC Listening Session

    In collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Child and Family Services' Division on Women, we are conducting a Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) Listening Session on how NJ can create safe spaces in the community for the queer community! This listening session is participatory as our main goal is to create a strategy to address community-level risks through environmental approaches. This event is free and open to the public, communities, agencies, organizations, or systems.  

    We will address one (1) of the following community-level risks or protective factors
    as it pertains to the TGNC community:
    • Lack of institutional support from law enforcement and the judicial system;
    • Community violence/general tolerance of violence within the community; or
    • Coordination of services among community agencies

    Please note this listening session is only for those who identify on the TGNC spectrum. Participants will be given a gift card for participating in the focus group.

    This listening session is done in collaboration with the Rutgers University Trans Health (R.U.T.H) Program's Healthy Divas Intervention. A program developed by trans women for trans women living with HIV!

    The address for the listening session is 30 Bergen Street, ADMC Building #6, Newark, NJ. Parking is available on the street.

    RSVP BY AUGUST 19th TO MAYES@GARDENSTATEEQUALITY.ORG

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  • TGNC Listening Session

     

    In collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Child and Family Services' Division on Women, we are conducting a Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) Listening Session on how NJ can create safe spaces in the community for the queer community! This listening session is participatory as our main goal is to create a strategy to address community-level risks through environmental approaches. This event is free and open to the public, communities, agencies, organizations, or systems.  

    We will address one (1) of the following community-level risks or protective factors
    as it pertains to the TGNC community:
    • Lack of institutional support from law enforcement and the judicial system;
    • Community violence/general tolerance of violence within the community; or
    • Coordination of services among community agencies

    Please note this listening session is only for those who identify on the TGNC spectrum. Participants will be given a gift card for participating in the focus group.

    RSVP BY AUGUST 21st TO diversityrwj@rwjbh.org

    This listening session is done in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick located at 1 Robert Wood Johnson Pl, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. The group will meet for the session in the Auditorium. 

    Parking: Please park in the Plum Street Parking Deck located at 10 Plum St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Parking will be validated!

  • Garden State Equality at Jersey City Pride

    • Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 01:00 PM
    • Newark Avenue in Jersey City , NJ

     

    Come celebrate with Garden State Equality at Jersey City Pride Fest! 

  • LGBTQ Law Enforcement Liaisons Pool Party

    • Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Join Garden State Equality’s LGBTQ Law Enforcement Liaisons team for our annual pool party celebration!

    Attendees must show their badge at the door as this event is exclusively for law enforcement. Spouses are welcome.

    Please bring your own towel.

    Event is weather permitting.

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  • Garden State Equality at South Jersey Pride

     

    Come celebrate with Garden State Equality at South Jersey Pride Fest! 

  • Fall Volunteer Orientation

    Garden State Equality is gearing up for an exciting, busy fall—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 season is packed with important events, including 10th Annual Equality Walk Weekend! We'll need all the help we can get to grow our movement. That's where you come in!

    Join us on Tuesday, September 24 at our Asbury Park headquarters for our Fall 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!

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  • During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, United for Prevention in Passaic County (sponsored by NJDMHAS) presents the Intersection of LGBTQ, Stigma, Mental Health & Substance Use. During this event, you will understand basic LGBTQ terminology, learn about the stigma-free communities in Passaic County, recognize how Atlantic Health System is addressing stigma through the No More Whispers campaign. 

    A light breakfast will be provided. 

    Location: William Paterson University Ballroom C, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470. 

    Parking: Please park in Lot 5. 

    Directions to Ballroom C: From Lot 5, head toward campus. Continue up the small ramp, the entrance to Speert Hall will be on your left. Once inside Speert Hall, continue straight down the hallway headed toward the staircase. Continue up the staircase on your left (Elevators are also located to your left). Ballroom C is located on the second floor. Please Contact Sherrine Schuldt at 201-315-4643 should you require further directions. 

    To RSVP to this FREE event, please CLICK HERE! 

     

    Collaborating Partners and resources provided by: Garden State Equality, Passaic County of New Jersey, Atlantic Health System-Chilton Medical Center, and Passaic County Proud to Be Stigma-Free

  • Buddies of NJ's Resource & Community Wellness Fair

     

    Buddies of New Jersey, proudly invites community partners along with service, health and wellness providers to join our 2nd Annual Buddies of NJ Resource & CommunityWellness Fair. Over 30 providers come out to give healthier options to our clients and the entire community. Our lot and block will be available to show what we do to the people who matter. Area Hospitals, dentists, massage, chiropractic, mental health, substance abuse, STD & HIV Screenings, blood pressure and hear screenings, eye screenings and more...
    GSE will be there advertising our programs and offering giveaways! 

    Please RSVP by REGISTERING ON EVENTBRITE FOR A FREE TICKET and let us know that you will be attending.

  • Out of the Shade Writing Project

    • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 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 contact@GardenStateEquality.org with “Out of the Shade Submission” in the subject line
    • All submissions must be accompanied with an entry form http://bit.ly/OutOfTheShade 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 is Tuesday, October 1 at 11:59pm
  • 10th Annual Equality Walk Weekend

    • Friday, October 11, 2019 at 01:00 PM – October 13, 2019

    Equality Walk Weekend is Garden State Equality’s largest annual grassroots and community fundraiser. Last year, we had hundreds of individuals in attendance and raised tens of thousands of dollars to support our critical work. This year, we are expanding our Equality Walk Weekend to a fourth location in Trenton, alongside previous locations in Asbury Park, Atlantic City, and Montclair.

    Trenton • October 11 at 1 pm
    Atlantic City • October 12 at 10 am
    Asbury Park • October 12 at 1 pm
    Montclair • October 13 at 12 pm

    (Specific locations will be announced soon)

    Funds raised at Equality Walk Weekend will support the innovative work Garden State Equality is doing in the areas of policy, education, and health. Every day, our team is busy advocating for the LGBTQ community in our state and offering programs that can serve as models for other states, agencies, and organizations.

    Join Garden State Equality and hundreds of other New Jerseyans and walk for equality! Register now and form a team by visiting:

    www.EqualityWalk.us