In recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to participate in the next two Pride events organized by the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs as Union County joins communities across the county to honor and recognize the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
One highlight of the month is the Union County SAGE Table, a community lunch that brings together many generations of LGBTQ family members, friends, and allies to share stories. This event takes place at the Plainfield Cultural Center (formerly FUSP) in Plainfield on Sunday, June 23, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. RSVP at gsequality.org/sagetable_uc.
Another upcoming event this month is the Red Bull’s third annual Pride Night, a sports event to promote community and inclusion. This year, the rain-or-shine event takes place at the Red Bull’s Arena in Harrison on Friday, June 28, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Join the Union County group by purchasing tickets online at ucnj.org/PRIDE. This year’s game falls on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising on June 28th, 1969. Pride Night aims to spread the message of love within the community and honor the Stonewall legacy.
“Pride events foster a sense of unity among Union County residents, and affirm their right to go out together and celebrate who they are,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The Freeholder Board is proud to see our LGBTQ+ community represented at Red Bulls third annual Pride Night, and we thank the team for their support for equal rights and equal dignity.”
“June is an important month for LGBTQ+ residents in Union County, and this Freeholder Board is committed to ensuring that each resident feels included and supported,” said Freeholder Rebecca Williams, liaison to the Freeholder’s LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee. “The Office of LGBTQ Affairs provides us with a foundation for partnership with Garden State Equality and other grassroots organizations that bring community events and programs like the SAGE Table to Union County.”
For more information about all PRIDE events and activities hosted by the Freeholder Board visit ucnj.org/PRIDE.
Union County’s Pride month events are organized by the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, and presented in partnership with WellCare Health Plans, Xfinity and Atlantic Health System.
Union County’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, under the Department of Economic Development, was established by the Freeholder Board in 2018 and is the first and only county government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey.
The Office of LGBTQ Affairs provides a platform for leadership and collaboration to support equality, and serves as a catalyst for advocacy, awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.
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