50 years later, New Jersey rights a historical wrong: AG Grewal formally apologizes for office’s role in shutting down the state’s gay bars

50 years later, New Jersey rights a historical wrong: AG Grewal formally apologizes for office’s role in shutting down the state’s gay bars

TRENTON, NJ — As Pride Month drew to a close, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal took steps to recognize an ugly moment in the history of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office: the systematic targeting of gay bars by the Office’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control between 1933 and 1967, according to a June 29 […]

Attorney general joins coalition urging Senate to pass Equality Act

TRENTON, NJ — Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced June 23 that he has joined a coalition of attorneys general in urging the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act, which would expand federal civil rights laws to protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. New Jersey and […]

Elks show their pride and area teenager feeds the hungry

Elks show their pride and area teenager feeds the hungry

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange and Maplewood officials gathered at the South Orange Elks Lodge on June 19 as the Elks raised the Pride flag. Additionally, Chris Dickson of Rent Party introduced Jared Jones, a member of the Columbia High School Class of 2021, who built a Little Food Pantry alongside the Rent Party […]

West Orange PD takes innovative approach to LGBTQI concerns

West Orange PD takes innovative approach to LGBTQI concerns

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Over the past few years, the West Orange Police Department has made a concerted effort to improve its relationship with members of the LGBTQI community and how the department responds and serves them, according to a June 15 press release.  “We were fully aware that a lack of trust and understanding […]

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center celebrates Pride Month

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center celebrates Pride Month

NEWARK, NJ — On Tuesday, June 1, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, raised the flag in celebration and recognition of National LGBTQ-plus Pride Awareness Month. Newark Beth Israel’s Business Resource Group, P.R.I.D.E. — Providing Respect, Inclusion, Dignity and Empowerment — hosted the annual event. “Newark […]

South Orange Elks to raise Progress Pride flag

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — John Grew, exalted ruler of the South Orange Elks Lodge No. 1154, announced that on Saturday, June 19, at 1 p.m. the lodge will add the Progress Pride flag to its flag pole as a way of symbolically and publicly acknowledging work that has been underway since last year to ensure […]

Flying the Pride flag in South Orange

Flying the Pride flag in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — To celebrate June at Pride Month, South Orange and Maplewood residents gathered on South Orange Avenue in the village to raise the Pride flag. Attendees included residents and officials from both towns. Among the speakers were SOMA Board of Education 1st Vice President Shannon Cuttle, the first non-binary/transgender Board of Education […]

SOMA PRIDE is back with a month full of events

SOMA PRIDE is back with a month full of events

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA PRIDE 2021 is a time for South Orange and Maplewood residents to come together as one in celebration of all LGBTQ-plus identities and allies collectively united. The monthlong schedule of events will shine a light on LGBTQ-plus issues with books, films, discussions, performances, picnics and parties, and recognize […]

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