HOBOKEN, NJ - Pride displays throughout our region continue to dazzle during June. Adding to the illuminating celebration of equality, utility provider PSEG plans to light up a substation in the northwest corner of Hoboken as a salute to the LGBTQ+ community.
News of this endeavor comes via Hoboken Councilman Michael DeFusco, the City's first openly gay elected official.
After posting on social media, DeFusco tells TAPinto Hoboken, "A constituent recently reached out to me about the idea and of course I thought it was a great way to celebrate Pride Month. PSEG will be testing the lights out [Thursday] and hopefully we’ll see the substation lit up for the remainder of June, or maybe even longer."
The Councilman adds, "This just proves that sharing ideas and working collaboratively goes a long way and can bring great things to Hoboken."
The display uptown will add to the flag and Pride crosswalks outside Hoboken City Hall.
While June is Pride Month, Hoboken's embrace of the local LGBTQ+ residents is evident year-round, with the Mile Square City scoring among the top of the class in the 2020 Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index (MEI).
The MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality. Human Rights Campaign uses a scorecard to look at each city and how the measure up.