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  • Cranford Library Workshop

    Creating Safe and Affirming Communities for Transgender Youth
    The “Creating Safe and Affirming Communities for Transgender Youth” workshop is geared towards teaching participants about the challenges faced by transgender youth in school and community settings and how to advocate for change.
    Participants will be provided with a comprehensive explanation of state law and school policies as they apply to transgender
    and gender nonconforming youth in order to better understand transgender rights. The final step of the workshop will provide tools for participant on how to engage their friends, extended family, and community in order to create safe spaces for trans youth. Participants will leave this workshop feeling confident in advocating for their child’s rights in school and in the broader community.
  • Monmouth County Meeting

    • Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 06:30 PM
    • Garden State Equality HQ

    On January 31st, Garden State Equality will be having a joint county meeting with Planned Parenthood. This County's Meeting will be held at the Garden State Equality's HQ in Asbury Park, New Jersey. This will be a great opportunity for attendees to discuss issues, learn about GSE and Planned Parenthood programs/priorities for 2019, meet staff, and engage with fellow members of their community. 

  • Burlington County Meeting

    This County's Meeting will be held at the Burlington County Library. This meeting will allow attendees to discuss issues, learn about programs for 2019, meet staff, and engage with fellow members of their community.

  • NJ-LGBTQ Orgs Meet and Greet

    • Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    • TBD

    Creating a cohesive coalition of NJ LGBTQ organizations to move programming forward, develop new initiatives, and bridge gaps in the need of NJ's LGBTQ community


    HMI: New Jersey and Garden State Equality are bringing together the committed folks of New Jersey to strengthen the community of care that will support LGBTQ young people in our state. LGBTQ youth often lack the support and safety they deserve to be their authentic selves. We know that you are invested in creating systems of support that will ensure their well-being and we will be stronger for the young people when we come together and build the village they deserve.

    Coming together to share resources, identify gaps and build coalition will create the growth New Jersey's LGBTQ youth can benefit from and the coalition we need to move the needle towards inclusion in schools and other systems impacting the lives of our youth. We have seen this work done in other states and know the success we can have in our community. Let's be JERSEY STRONG for LGBTQ Youth!


  • 1st Annual LGBT Equality at Work Symposium

    1st Annual LGBT Equality at Work Symposium: An Event to Promote Corporate Diversity and Inclusion
    Sponsored by the First Energy Foundation & Jersey Central Power & Light

    Date: March 28th, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Location: Bell Labs Holmdel Complex 101 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel, NJ 07733
    Cost: $75 per person


    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”

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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 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:


    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.

  • 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! 

  • 2nd Annual LGBT Senior Housing and Care Expo

    The 2nd annual LGBT Senior Housing and 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.


    To Register, Click Here! 

  • Equality Ball 2019

    • Friday, May 31, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    • Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ

    for the 2019 Equality Ball

    May 31, 2019

  • LGBTQ Healthcare Symposium

    GSE is inviting you to attend our LGBTQ Healthcare Symposium on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm located at Anacon Hall, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave, Long Branch, NJ. The goal of the symposium is to share outcomes of the Asbury Park LGBT Patient Advocacy Project and call to action for healthcare reform for New Jersey LGBT health equity. We will have several speakers including a keynote by Dr. Dean Perry Halkitis, the Dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health. Please use parking lot 13, 14 or 15.

    Stay tuned for more details as the event arrives! 

    To table for this event please click here!

    This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome regardless of sex, age, disability status, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, education, and ethnicity. 

    In Collaboration with Monmouth University School of Social Work and the School of Nursing and Health Studies