It’s a good day to unfurl your rainbow flag here in Baristaville. As of today, Essex is officially the first county in New Jersey to institute a LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) Advisory Board.
County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and a coalition of partners announced the board’s mission as intended to “promote the well-being of the county’s LBGTQ citizenry through advocacy, policy advisement and community outreach.” DiVincenzo will appoint 13 county residents to sit on the board, and requests that interested participants send their resumes by 1/31 (details below).
“My administration has worked proactively to highlight the diversity in Essex County, and this panel will provide this population with a strong voice,” DiVincenzo said. “I encourage our residents to send us their resumes and get involved in their government,” he added.
The formation of the Board is the result of conversations between county representatives and community members who saw the need to raise awareness of concerns impacting the lives of LGBTQ constituents in the county. “Hopefully, the formation of this board will aid in the continued advancement of policies and practices that will foster a safe and equitable environment for LGBTQ constituents and all citizens in Essex County,” said Darnell Moore, Chair of the Newark LGBTQ Concerns Advisory Commission, one of the partner organizations working to create the volunteer panel.
Others involved in the formation of the organization are Bryan M-C Epps, CEO of the Newark Pride Alliance; Rev. Janyce L. Jackson, Pastor of Liberation in Truth Unity Fellowship Church in Newark; Troy Stevenson, Field Director of Garden State Equality in Montclair; and Kyle Rosenkrans, former Board Member of the Newark-Essex Pride Coalition.
The deadline to submit resumes is Monday, January 31, 2011. Resumes may be sent to the attention of LeeSandra Medina, Administrative Assistant to the Essex County Chief of Staff at Essex County Chief of Staff’s Office, Room 402, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102 or e-mailed. Applicants must be Essex County residents.
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