In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month June 1-30, The Townships of Maplewood and South Orange have joined together for SOMA CELEBRATES PRIDE, a coordinated initiative to highlight and promote related events and activities taking place throughout the community.

Working in conjunction with local organizations and businesses including North Jersey Pride, WORDS Bookstore, Maplewood Village Alliance, Vanguard Theater Company and the Springfield Avenue Partnership, the Township will host an events page and calendar at www.somapride.com.

Maplewood Township Committee member Dean Dafis proclaims “The freedom to live openly, truthfully, and safely in our welcoming and inclusive sister towns in all of our diversity and intersectionality, to celebrate our triumphs, to honor those before us who made those possible, and to protest and call to action against the grave injustices and inequalities that remain, all of that is Pride.” He added, “all of that we will do this June is SOMA. And, we welcome everyone to join us. I’m LGBTQ and SOMA proud!”

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A full listing of events can be found at www.somapride.com or the Maplewood Cultural Affairs page www.maplewoodartsandculture.org. A few highlights include:

North Jersey Pride Run

Sun. June 3rd

South Orange

SOMA LGBTQ Equality March 2018

Sun. June 3rd

Ricalton Square

Drag Show

Fri. June 8th

Burgdorff Center For The Performing Arts

2018 Maplewood/South Orange Book Festival

Sat. June 9th (opening reception June 8th)

The Woodland

The Chuckle Patch Comedy Show

Sat. June 9th

Burgdorff Center For The Performing Arts

North Jersey Pride Festival

Sun. June 10th

Memorial Park, Maplewood

Latin Pride Night

Fri., June 15th

The Woodland

Anyone wishing to have their activities added to the SOMA Celebrates Pride event page may submit their information at http://www.maplewoodartsandculture.org/add-event/.