The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to announce the new OUT in Union County: Queer Power Hour with host Micayla Mirabella. The new free virtual series, organized by the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs, begins on Wednesday, September 30 and runs through December 9, 2020. Each hour-long session will begin at 7:00 pm.
“Here in Union County we stand firm in our resolve to support the LGBTQ+ community through advocacy, awareness and action,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Freeholder Board is proud to host events that seek to normalize acceptance of all identities in one of the most diverse counties in New Jersey, and the new webinar series will help inform and enlighten the concerns and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community.”
OUT in Union County: Queer Power Hour will explore LGBTQ+ specific topics and offer stories and discussions involving queer folks from different backgrounds and experiences, in an hour-long format that includes some of New Jersey’s most dedicated LGBTQ+ advocates, community leaders, and allies.
Registration is required for individuals to access each webinar through Zoom where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. However, all of the webinars will be live-streamed as well. The schedule and registration links can be found at ucnj.org/lgbtq.
“This effort is especially important to the LGBTQ+ community, where many people may be vulnerable to feelings of isolation during this period of separation and social distance,” said Freeholder Rebecca Williams, who is liaison to the Freeholder Board’s LGBTQ+ Ad Hoc Committee. “Through innovative virtual programming like this new series, we continue to encourage people to connect, learn, and share with one another.”
The schedule of sessions is as follows:
Wednesday, September 30: Being a Supportive Parent to a Queer Person
Wednesday, October 14: Queer Pioneers and Activists
Wednesday, October 28: Transgender Identity and Inclusion
Wednesday, November 11: Being Queer in the Military
Wednesday, November 25: Ally Talk – Hear from Straight Friends and Advocates
Wednesday, December 9: Faith and LGBTQueer+ Panel
The Union County 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.
For more information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, contact Danni Newbury, Coordinator, at 908-527-4742 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ucnj.org/lgbtq.
For more information and updates on all Union County services and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, the new Union County COVID-19 website at ucnj.org/covid19.
For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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