Jersey Pride is the 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that produces the annual Pride parade, rally and festival that celebrates the culture and diversity of NJ's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersexed community. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information about the pride celebration, marching in the parade, becoming a festival vendor, performing on the stage, or becoming a volunteer contact Jersey Pride at (732) 214-2965.
The largest & oldest LGBT group in New Jersey, founded in 1972, GMAAC runs the Gay Helpline of NJ & New Jersey Anti-Violence Project (NJ-AVP).
A good source for current events in NJ & elsewhere, social & political alike - they have a newsletter, a Speaker's Bureau, & an annual guide to "Gay New Jersey" - they also offer a lot of useful links to other organizations both regional & national.
Gay & Lesbian Youth - New Jersey [GALY-NJ]
A social support group for young people (16-21 yrs) who identify themselves as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or "simply curious."
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt agency committed to improving the quality of life for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS (PLWA's), and to slowing the spread of the epidemic.
Hyacinth's staff and volunteers provide an array of services designed to assist people living with AIDS, their families, and friends, to obtain the support they need. The services are confidential and most are free of charge. In addition, Hyacinth delivers preventive education and training to the public. Representatives of the agency are active the public policy arena, advocating for a humane and rational response to the growing HIV epidemic.
Magnus Hirschfeld Centre for Human Rights
The Magnus Hrischfeld Centre for Human Rights, founded in 1986, is engaged in the defence and promotion of the human rights and civil liberties of LGBT people, their allies and their communities throughout the world through political advocacy and legal assistance.
Montclair has long been known as a haven for diversity, a community not only tolerant of difference, but one that actually celebrates human variety. Known as a safe place, wherein those more committed to individualism, integrity and the things of the spirit than to social convention could lead pleasant and productive lives, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered ("queer") community in Montclair has grown over the past decade in influence, stature and self-confidence. Today a host of activities for LGBT folk abound in the township, and cater to the interests of LGBT parents, high school and university students, political and community activists, professionals, religious believers and spiritual seekers, and artists among others.
NJ GayLesBiTrans Life
A website for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender communities of NJ, this includes Business & Services directory & a Directory of GLBT organizations - with geographical information. There's also a handy NJ Calendar of Events, & a message posting board.
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The northern NJ affiliate of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays [P-FLAG].
Located in New Brunswick, the Pride Center provides a ‘safe space’ for Gay men, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders (GLBT) where programs, services and education are provided to the community, in order to empower individuals to accept their gender and sexual identity, as well as increase public awareness and lessen prejudice through education and outreach.
Contact their Information Line [732/ 846-2232] for community information, referrals to gay-friendly businesses and services, and information about The Pride Center.
PrideNet New Jersey
This NJ section of PrideNet offers a directory of Gay, Lesbian, Transgender & Bisexual business resources and services in our local area: Montclair, Madison, Morris Plains, Morristown, New Brunswick, Newark, & Oak Ridge. Listings include professional services, real estate agents, accommodation services, & travel agents; bookstores & other shops; bars, nightclubs, restaurants & cafes.
The Task Force for Family Equality (TaFFE)
A grassroots, non-partisan campaign to assure all New Jersey families full equality by bringing the state of New Jersey into compliance with its own law - the Law Against Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of marital status.
See especially the TaFFE NJ Domestic Partnership Letter Writing Campaign: "Non-traditional families lose out on a tremendous number of legal benefits and protections because there is no way for them to be legally recognized as families by the state. The laws benefiting marriages were put in place to help families. While marriage was a convenient basis for defining families in the past, it is no longer realistic. About half of New Jersey’s families are treated as second class citizens simply because they hold no marriage certificate.
In order to gain legal recognition of non-traditional relationships, TaFFE has gained the support of several legislators to sponsor a bill in New Jersey. This bill would give partners the right of inheritance, freedom from double inheritance tax, medical visitation and decision rights, spousal benefits to state employees, many other rights enjoyed by married spouses, and more importantly, legal recognition as family members."