LGBT Older Adults Focus Group

Thank you for your interest in our LGBTQ Older Adults Focus Groups. At this time, there will be no further focus groups scheduled.

Garden State Equality's newest initiative is Pledge and Protect, a program to support and advocate for LGBTQ older adults in New Jersey. As part of our work, we are conducting focus groups with LGBTQ older adults in counties across the state to hear directly from you about your experiences.

What is a Focus Group?

A focus group is a gathering of selected people who participate in planned discussions to gain information on participant opinions and feelings. Focus groups will help all of us better understand the unique needs and challenges of the older LGBTQ adult community. These focus groups are an essential part of developing a quality needs assessment which we will distribute statewide in the future.

Who is Eligible?

We are looking for anyone age 55 and older that identifies as LGBTQ.

We Will Protect Your Privacy

Please be advised that this focus group will be recorded but the discussion will be completely anonymous.

The recordings will be sent to Monmouth University and transcribed word for word and then destroyed. The transcribed notes of the focus group will contain information that will allow for individual subjects to be linked to specific statements. Participants will be given a pseudonym in order to protect each individual's identity.

Your participation in this focus group is voluntary.

If at any time you do not feel comfortable with any of the questions asked during the discussion, we want you to know that you don't have to answer the questions and if you wish, you can simply refuse to participate further.

Refreshments and Accommodations

Join our 90-minute focus groups, we will be offering free dinner and snacks! There are multiple dates, times and locations.

We can provide reasonable modifications for people with disabilities upon request. Please contact:

Bianca Mayes

Thanks to the following counties for participating in our focus groups:

Union Morris Hudson
Essex Middlesex Monmouth
Somerset Camden Ocean
Atlantic Cape May Burlington
Bergen Sussex  

In collaboration with GAMMC, Coral Harbor, SAGE Jersey City, Rutgers Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Union County Office of LGBTQ Services, Living Waters Lutheran Church, the Pride Center, Valley Health, The Pride Center, Atlanticare, RWJBarnabas Health and Broadway House for Continuing Care.