Broadway talent to headline SOPAC’s new ‘Cabaret in the Loft’ series

Broadway talent to headline SOPAC’s new ‘Cabaret in the Loft’ series

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Two Broadway stars and New Jersey residents will headline South Orange Performing Arts Center’s new “Cabaret in the Loft” series, a 54 Below–esque experience, west of the Hudson River. On Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., Ginna Claire Mason opens this series with a specially curated performance, “Dream a Little Dream: […]

March for transgender youths draws allies in Bloomfield

March for transgender youths draws allies in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — On Saturday, Oct. 22, several hundred people marched for the rights of transgender youths. The route of the procession was from Bloomfield High School to Five Points and, via Franklin Street, back to the Bloomfield Public Library. The event was held to recognize township resident Damien Lopez, a 12-year-old transgender boy who […]

South Orange translator publishes book of short stories twice banned in Germany

South Orange translator publishes book of short stories twice banned in Germany

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Last week was Banned Books Week, a week to celebrate the many books that have been deemed too controversial and to speak out against censorship. South Orange resident Michael Gillespie has taken a strong stance against censorship himself with his latest publication. In June, Gillespie published an English translation of German […]

Insider NJ releases its ‘LGBTQ-plus Power List,’ honors local changemakers

Insider NJ releases its ‘LGBTQ-plus Power List,’ honors local changemakers

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Insider NJ has released its 2022 “LGBTQ-plus Power List,” which features 100 spots for the most politically influential members of the LGBTQ community in New Jersey.  “There’s a pronounced and conspicuous glass ceiling for LGBTQs in New Jersey politics,” the introduction to the list reads. “Sure, the gatekeepers are happy to […]

Locals receive Pride of Essex County Awards for LGBTQ advocacy

Locals receive Pride of Essex County Awards for LGBTQ advocacy

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., the Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the Essex County LGBTQ Advisory Board hosted a Pride Month celebration on Thursday, June 30. During the ceremony, DiVincenzo presented Pride of Essex County Awards to South Orange Village Trustee Bob Zuckerman, Newark Pride Inc. board President […]

Vanguard Theater presents the rock musical ‘Rent’

Vanguard Theater presents the rock musical ‘Rent’

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Vanguard Theater will present the rock musical “Rent” from June 17 through July 3. Leading the artistic team are Vanguard’s producing artistic director Janeece Freeman Clark, who recently directed Vanguard’s critically acclaimed production of “Next to Normal,” and music director Matt DeMaria, who served as music supervisor for the “Rent 25th Anniversary […]

NJ Transit celebrates Pride Month with specially marked buses

NJ Transit celebrates Pride Month with specially marked buses

NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit has unveiled two Ride with Pride themed buses to celebrate the LGBTQ community and its allies during Pride Month. The wrapped buses will be on display throughout New Jersey on the transit system. In collaboration with its sponsor, Hackensack Meridian Health, the Ride with Pride wraps are designed to show […]

For first time ever, West Orange HS hoists pride flag

For first time ever, West Orange HS hoists pride flag

WEST ORANGE, NJ — History was made on June 1 at West Orange High School when the LGBTQ pride flag was proudly flown for the first time. School counselor Jaclyn Headlam and Officer Karen Mango of the West Orange Police Department helped to organize the event, while Maj. Joseph Marchesini and cadets from the AFJROTC […]

Newark Beth Israel Medical raises the rainbow flag for Pride Month

Newark Beth Israel Medical raises the rainbow flag for Pride Month

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, raised the rainbow flag on June 1 in celebration of Pride Month. Newark Beth Israel’s employee business resource group, PRIDE — Providing Respect, Inclusion, Dignity and Empowerment — hosted the annual event, supported by the Office of […]

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