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 […]

Community members speak against BOE’s Schwarzbaum

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Several residents spoke out against West Orange Board of Education Vice President Irv Schwarzbaum during the board’s May 8 meeting after he voted against a policy that, in part, allows transgender students to use whichever bathroom or locker room corresponds to their gender identity. The policy in question, which was passed […]

Green Hill earns platinum certification

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Green Hill has earned SAGECare Platinum certification from SAGE USA for completing a comprehensive provider training program for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, and cultural competency training on subjects related to LGBT people. Green Hill is the only residential senior care provider in the New York City metro area certified […]

BOE affirms duty to educate all children

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At the Feb. 27 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting, board members voted to affirm the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s commitment to educating all children. The board passed Resolution No. 3536, which states the district’s goal to education all children, regardless of ethnicity or immigration status. “The School District […]

Transgender Scout finds a home in Maplewood pack

Proponents, opponents sound off on recent BSA ruling

Transgender Scout finds a home in Maplewood pack

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The 9-year-old transgender boy who was asked to leave his Secaucus Cub Scout pack last year due to his gender identity is now a member of Maplewood’s Pack 20, following the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to enact a policy allowing transgender boys to join. Joe Maldonado became the first openly transgender […]