TC elects DeLuca mayor for 13th time

On Jan. 1, the Maplewood Township Committee held its first 2018 meeting, at which Mayor Vic DeLuca and Committeeman Dean Dafis were sworn in; the mayor delivered the State of the Township Address; and committee members were appointed to various boards. Dafis has the distinction of being Maplewood’s first openly gay committee member. At the […]

NCJW features experts in the field of transgender children

LIVINGSTON, NJ — NCJW/Essex is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn, “Free to Be He, She, They: Children and Gender Identity,” featuring Jamie Bruesehoff, a writer, speaker and mother of a 10-year-old transgender child and an advocate for transgender youth and adults, and Nicole Davis, a licensed clinical social work and clinical associate with the Gender […]

Green Hill to host first LGBT continuum of care roundtable in NJ

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Green Hill, a senior living community in West Orange, will host the first New Jersey LGBT continuum of care community roundtable discussion on Saturday, Oct. 14, with industry providers, LGBT community stakeholders and advocacy leaders on the needs and desires of the elder LGBT community in continuum of care services and […]

Transgender flag raising in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In response to President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that transgender individuals will no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. Military in any capacity, South Orange will be hosting a transgender flag raising downtown to show that “everybody belongs here.” The flag raising will take place Thursday, Aug. 3, at […]

State enacts laws to protect transgender individuals

TRENTON, NJ — On July 21, two bills designed to protect the rights of transgender persons became law. Legislation sponsored by state senators M. Teresa Ruiz and Joseph Vitale requiring the commissioner of education to develop guidelines for school districts to protect transgender students was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. “We must ensure […]

County celebrates Pride Month with awards for activism

County celebrates Pride Month with awards for activism

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 Tuesday, June 20. During the ceremony, DiVincenzo presented Pride of Essex County Awards to Czezre Tyrell Adams, an officer with the Newark Police Department; Reginald […]

Maplewood man overcomes obstacles for his education

Maplewood man overcomes obstacles for his education

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Albert Appouh very easily could have given up on his dreams of a higher education. The Maplewood resident has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and temporarily had to halt his college education twice in order to seek help for his illness. But Appouh never quit completely. Instead, upon starting […]