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  • LGBTQ Town Hall - Camden County

    Want to learn more about the work Garden State Equality is doing in your community? Join us in Camden County for an LGBTQ Town Hall on Friday, May 3!

    We'll bring you up-to-date on our policy work and community programs. You'll also have a chance to discuss local issues affecting your community, ask questions, and connect with your neighbors.

  • Educators for Equality Networking Event

    • Friday, May 03, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    • Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ

    Join Educators for Equality—a grassroots organization of LGBTQ educators and allies who are working to build safe and inclusive environments for educators and students in New Jersey—for a special networking event!

    Guests speakers include Jan Moore and Emily Sonnessa from the awarding-winning film "Love Wins," who will share their coming out story and discuss the importance of teaching LGBTQ history.

    Event will include a cash bar and light fare.

    This event is sponsored by the NJEA Early Career Network and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

  • LGBTQ Law Enforcement Liaison Mixer

    Join Garden State Equality’s LGBTQ Law Enforcement Liaison team for a special LGBTQ law enforcement mixer at The Asbury Hotel’s Soundbooth bar!

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



    Join us as we open the dialogue about mental health. We will begin with intimate empowering round table discussions featuring professionals from Hackensack Meridian Health and an array of nonprofit organizations from throughout the state. Each will offer modalities intended to help you cope with stress, anxiety, depression and mental health challenges.

    We will then hear a featured talk by Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News and author of Life After Suicide: Finding Courage, Comfort & Community After Unthinkable Loss. Dr. Ashton will share her perspectives as a doctor, mother and friend who has experienced firsthand the impact of a loved one's suicide.

    GSE will be there to speak about mental health and its impact on the LGBTQ community.  

    Presenting sponsors: Hackensack Meridian Health Integrative Health & Medicine and Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic. 

    Supporting and participating organizations: Garden State Equality, Monmouth Cares, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of New Jersey, Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, and the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County an affiliate of Mental Health America. 

    The cost to attend is $25 and you can register on Eventbrite or by visiting


  • 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 sponsored by: Green Hill, Garden State Equality, Robert Wood Johnson University Hosptial, and Horizon NJ Health 

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


    To Register, Click Here! 

  • 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.


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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, Location TBD

    Parade Kick Off - 11:45 am, Location TBD

  • Out of the Shade Writing Project

    • Sunday, June 30, 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 with “Out of the Shade Submission” in the subject line
    • All submissions must be accompanied with an entry form 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 Sunday, June 30 at 11:59pm
  • LGBTQ Health Disparities 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 18.

    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