ROSELLE, NJ – A focus group for LGBT adults 55 years and older will be held on Friday, August 10, beginning at 4 p.m., at the Warinanco Sports Center in Roselle. Presented by Garden State Equality as part of its ‘Pledge and Protect’ initiative, the 90-minute event encourages those in the LGBT community to share their experiences and help identify the needs for housing and access to social and healthcare services.

Space is limited, and registration is required and available by visiting

Developed and administered by Garden State Equality’s Health & Wellness Coordinator, Bianca Chanel Mayes, the LGBT Older Adult Focus Groups are an essential part to developing a quality need assessment which Garden State Equality will distribute statewide in the future.

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Garden State Equality is offering additional focus groups for LGBT older adults in five other counties throughout New Jersey. To find a focus group and register, visit To qualify for these focus groups, individuals need to be age 55 or older as well as identify as LGBT.

Garden State Equality can provide reasonable modifications for people with disabilities upon request. Contact Bianca Mayes at or call 973-509-5426.

Union County's Office of LGBTQ Services, under the Division of Outreach and Advocacy in the Department of Human Services, is the first County government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey. It provides a platform for leadership and collaboration to support equality, serving as a catalyst for advocacy, awareness and action.

For more information about the Office of LGBTQ Services, contact Danni Newbury, coordinator, at 908-527-4742 or or visit

Warinanco Sports Center is located in Warinanco Park at 1 Park Drive.