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  • Winter Clothing Drive for Homeless LGBTQ Youth

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    Garden State Equality is teaming up with The RAIN Foundation, Majority Leader Greenwald, and Assemblywoman Lampitt to launch our first-ever Winter Clothing Drive to support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

    Across the nation and in New Jersey, LGBTQ youth disproportionately experience homelessness. In fact, over 40% of all youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ, and tragically, family rejection is the most commonly cited reason. In spite of this great need, New Jersey has only a single homeless shelter serving LGBTQ youth: The RAIN Foundation.

    One of Garden State Equality's major priorities in 2020 is to secure statewide funding to support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, but right now, you can help us make a difference by making a contribution to our Winter Clothing Drive where all of your donations will go directly to youth that the RAIN Foundation is helping every single day.

    We will be collecting donations until January 31, 2020 at drop-off locations listed below and at our Home for the Holidays Party on December 20, but we encourage you to support The RAIN Foundation year-round.


    • Winter Coats (Sizes: M, L, XL, 2XL)

    • Winter Boots (Sizes: 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5)

    • Bedding Comforters, Deep Twin Sheet Sets

    • Pillows

    • Deep Twin Bed Bug Mattress Covers

    • Towels & Wash Cloths

    • Water Purifier

    • Laundry Detergent

    • Household Cleaners

    • Tool Set

    • Toiletries

    • Socks, gloves, hand warmers

    • Feminine Hygiene Products

    • Undergarments


    Garden State Equality
    1408 Main Street
    Asbury Park, NJ 07102
    (973) 509-5428

    Monday to Friday
    9am – 5pm
    Please call in advance


    Legislative Office of Majority Leader Greenwald & Assemblywoman Lampitt
    1101 Laurel Oak Road, Suite 150
    Voorhees, NJ 08043
    (856) 435-1247

    Monday to Friday
    9am – 5pm


    The RAIN Foundation
    168 Park Street
    East Orange, NJ 07017
    (973) 675-6780

    Monday to Friday
    9am – 5pm
    Please call in advance and ask for Mrs. Shepard or Mrs. Watkins

  • Educators for Equality 2020 Networking Event

    • Friday, May 01, 2020 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!

    Event will include a cash bar and light fare. More details to come soon!

  • LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Conference

    Garden State Equality in partnership with Make It Better for Youth will present the LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Conference to promote safety, inclusion, and best practices regarding LGBTQ-specific topics in education. The conference will provide a comprehensive opportunity for educators, administrators, and community members to build awareness and cultural competency in schools, as well as learn of emerging practices and gather resources from leading experts in the field.

    Details will be announced in the future. Stay tuned for more information.

  • Save the Date: Equality Ball 2020

    Please join us on June 5, 2020 at the Asbury Lanes for our fourth annual Equality Ball—our premier event and largest annual fundraiser Tickets will go on sale in the Spring of 2020.