MAYOR’S TASK FORCE ON LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER (LGBT) EQUALITY

As one of the most diverse cities in the country, the City of Jersey City aims to provide equal opportunity to all of its diverse employees, residents, and businesses.

In support of this aim, on April 26, 2013, the City of Jersey City’s Mayor’s Taskforce on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Equality, together with other City officials, held a meeting with the Legislative Counsel for State and Municipal Advocacy of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT individuals. This meeting demonstrated the City’s continued partnership in the advancement of Jersey City’s LGBT related programs.

City of Jersey City Programs, Partnerships, Resolutions & Cultural Activities which support and encourage the LGBT Community include, but are not limited to:

LGBT QUALITY OF LIFE INITIATIVES

• Jersey City has received the highest score in the State of New Jersey from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index since its inception in 2012 and received a perfect score of 100 points from HRC for five (5) years in a row (2013 - 2017).
• Jersey City was ranked 8th among the top ten LGBT Friendly cities nationwide in 2014 by Nerdwallet.com
• Jersey City was ranked among the Top 10 Affordable Gay friendly neighborhoods by CNNMoney.com
• Jersey City was named the Queerest City in America by the Advocate Magazine
• The Office of the Mayor, The Office of the City Council, The Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs and the Jersey City Police Department were recipients of Hudson Pride Council’s Vital Voice Award for their service to the LGBT community.
• Jersey City is home to two bars/restaurant geared towards the LGBT community, with a third slated for this year
• Jersey City co-sponsors Annual LGBTQ Pride Diversity Festival and Annual Raising of LGBTQ Pride Rainbow Flag at City Hall.

CIVIL RIGHTS INITIATIVES

• The Mayor and Municipal Council have annually issued Proclamations and Resolutions in support and recognition of LGBT Equality and Pride.
• Mayor Fulop has supported marriage equality long before it became legal in New Jersey and joined the group Mayors for Marriage by signing a pledge immediately upon assuming office in 2013.
• Same-sex marriages are performed at municipal facilities by statutorily authorized municipal officials.
• The City of Jersey City ensures equal employment rights regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity and offers equal Health& Pension Benefits for married LGBT employees and their spouses and also for LGBT municipal employees pursuant to the Domestic Partnership Act and the Civil Union Act.
• The Mayor’s Executive Order 2016-011 created a Diversity and Inclusion Board consisting of twelve (12) members , two (2) of which from the LGBT community, to advise the City on methods to eradicate and remediate discrimination, violence and economic disparities affecting the City’s historically underrepresented constituencies, including LGBT and to further advise on policies to ensure equal access to education, employment and economic opportunity as well on programming to foster cultural awareness of the City’s many diverse communities.
• The Mayor’s Executive Order 2017-005 established gender inclusivity in all municipal bathroom facilities owned and maintained by the City.
• The Jersey City Police Department is the first Police Department in the state to establish an LGBT Police Liaison Officer.
• The Office of the Mayor has a designated LGBT Community Liaison who also serves as the Mayor’s representative on the Mayor’s LGBT Task Force.
• The City of Jersey City coordinates with local community businesses in fundraisers and hosting events involving non-profit LGBT civil rights organizations that promote diversity and acceptance through education and awareness, such as The Matthew Shepard Foundation, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Lambda Legal of NJ, CondomNation and Garden State Equality.
• Jersey City holds year-round training for all employees on Sensitivity, Diversity and Inclusion, Anti-Discrimination/Harassment and Workplace Inclusion, with specific focuses on LGBTQ topics, and promotes school district-wide Anti-Bullying and Youth Prevention Bullying policies and training.
• Jersey City actively recruits LGBT individuals to serve within municipal agencies such as the JC police and fire departments.

LGBT SOCIAL SERVICE INITIATIVES

Partners with Jersey City-based Hudson Pride Center on various social service initiatives, including their Community Outreach Events, HIV Testing/Counseling Activities and LGBT Youth and Senior Programs
• Promotes additional equality awareness efforts by partnering with other NJ-based LGBT organizations such as the African-American Office of Gay Concerns, NJ Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality.
• The JC Department of Health & Human Services' Division of Health promotes the Mayor's AIDS Task Force which continues to provide HIV education, awareness and testing as well as treatment services and referrals.
• Jersey City also receives federal funding via Hudson County to assist people living with HIV/AIDS with their housing needs through the Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA) program.
         
       

For further information on the City’s LGBT programs, please contact:

Mayor’s Liaison to the LGBT Community
Mark Bunbury, Esq.
280 Grove Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: 201-547-5217; Email: mbunbury@jcnj.org

Jersey City Police Department LGBT Liaison
P.O. Lorraine Mapps
365 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: 201-547- 6832; Email: lmapps@njjcps.org

LGBTQ Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board Members:
David Rosen- LGBTQ (Hudson Pride Center)
Phone: 201- 963-4779 EXT. 119
Email: drosen@hudsonpride.org

Michael Billy
Email: Michael@michaelbilly.com

Jersey City LGBT Human Rights Campaign Coordinator
Jeana Abuan
13-15 Linden Avenue East
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Phone: 201-547-4538
Email: abuanj@jcnj.org
               
   
 
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