Maplewood, DeLuca, others file brief in support of LGBTQ rights

Maplewood, DeLuca, others file brief in support of LGBTQ rights

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Victor De Luca and the Township of Maplewood signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief in three key LGBTQ cases that will be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court next term. The brief includes nearly 100 mayors and municipalities around the country encouraging the Supreme Court to rule in support of LGBTQ nondiscrimination […]

LGBT activist dies in S.O. fire

Housefire on Ward Place results in resident's death, ECPO investigates

LGBT activist dies in S.O. fire

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Cecilia Cranko, a well-known local LGBT activist, died in a fire at her home, 231 Ward Place in South Orange, on Friday, July 5. In the wake of this tragedy, the community has come together to remember Cranko and support her family. At approximately 2:39 a.m., units from the South Orange […]

Towns mourn loss of influential activist

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Maplewood and South Orange communities mourned the recent loss of Barbra “Babs” Casbar Siperstein, the Edison woman who crusaded for LGBT rights in New Jersey and nationally. Siperstein died of cancer at age 76 on Feb. 3, just two days after the “Babs Siperstein Law” went into effect; […]

South Orange flags fly at half-staff in honor ‘Babs’ Siperstein

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Barbra “Babs” Siperstein, an army veteran, small business person and New Jersey native, died Feb. 3 at age 76, prompting South Orange to lower its flags to half-staff to honor the longtime activist. Siperstein was known as one of New Jersey’s most prominent LGBTQ activists and was instrumental in securing protections […]

PROGRESS: Maplewood shows progress in 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In 2018, Maplewood saw a lot of growth, both in its culture and physically. In addition to new businesses and residents coming to town, Maplewood upgraded infrastructure, invested in safety and showed pride in its diversity. Maplewood made national news on June 7, when it installed New Jersey’s first permanent rainbow-striped crosswalks […]

Newark Academy teen actors welcome Cathy Renna

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Newark Academy’s Arts Department presents “The Laramie Project” as this year’s fall drama on Nov. 1, 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. “The Laramie Project” is based on the true story of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who, in October 1998, was beaten to death in Laramie, Wyo. The […]

County honors individuals with Pride of Essex awards

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and the Essex County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Advisory Board hosted the Essex County LGBTQ Pride Month Celebration on Wednesday, June 27. During the ceremony, DiVincenzo presented Pride of Essex County Awards to Elaine Helms, founder of the RAIN Foundation; Peter Oates, director of […]

JFS works to embrace LGBTQ community, promote understanding and acceptance

WHIPPANY, NJ — On June 12, JFS MetroWest offered two separate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning events for National Pride Month. During the afternoon, JFS hosted a professional development program, “Beyond the Rainbow: LGBTQ Sensitivity Training,” featuring Phoenix Schneider as the speaker. Schneider is a transactivist, educator and social worker specializing in program development […]

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