Earlier today, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Advisory Board hosted the third annual Essex County LGBTQ Pride Month Celebration. During the ceremony, DiVincenzo presented Pride of Essex County Awards to the Honorable Christine C. Quinn, Speaker of the New York City Council, and the Honorable James E. McGreevey, former Governor of New Jersey.
The festive event recognized the influence and positive impact that LGBTQ people have had, and continue to have, on the economy and culture of Essex County. The advisory board’s mission is to promote the well-being of the county’s LBGTQ citizenry through advocacy, policy advisement and community outreach.
“We are proud to celebrate Essex County Pride Month and raise awareness about the LGBTQ community in Essex and how this segment of the population has contributed to the development of our County.” DiVincenzo said. “Speaker Quinn and Governor McGreevey have worked hard to provide support, promote understanding and protect human rights. They are exceptional people who have not always followed the popular path but have always done what is right,” he noted.
The Essex County LGBTQ Pride Month Celebration is the part of a yearlong cultural series created by County Executive DiVincenzo to highlight Essex County’s diversity. Created in December 2010, the Essex County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Advisory Board is one of several volunteer advisory boards that discusses issues affecting the community and provides recommendations to the Essex County Executive. Other cultural heritage celebrations include African American History Month, Irish Heritage Month, Women’s History Month, Italian Heritage Month, Jewish Heritage, Portuguese Heritage and Latino Heritage.