Essex County LGBTQ Pride Month Ceremony

rainbow flagEarlier 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.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Wow. The king of the sellout Democrats sucking up to LGBTQ people. Do you have no shame Joe?
    Mr. DiVincenzo has officially endorsed Chris Christie for Governor. Christie VETOED marriage equality and reaffirmed LBGTQ second class families status. I’m so glad I wasn’t there Joe, your rank hypocrisy would have made me puke.
    Oh, and just like Sheila Oliver, I will NEVER, EVER VOTE FOR YOU AGAIN.
    And that’s all I hear from your constituents.
    Hope you’re happy hanging with the hate crowd.

  2. So I guess your lib hero Obama is a hypocrite and made you puke as well when many of you pulled the lever for him in ’08 when he said that year… “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

    To his defense he has said his views are evolving but unfortunately for supporters of gay marriage he was going in the wrong direction because in ’96 he said “I favor legalizing same-sex
    marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”

    In’ 98 In a questionnaire, Do you favor legalizing same-sex marriage? “Undecided.” Would he support a bill to repeal Illinois legislation prohibiting same-sex marriage? “Undecided.” Would he co-sponsor it? “Undecided.”

    Cut to the ’04 Senate race , the great savior says , “I am a fierce supporter of domestic-partnership and civil-union laws. I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily just as a strategic issue. I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation. …”

    Jump back to ’08 when most of you voted for him he said “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix. ..”I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions.”

    We all know what happened in ’12 when Biden forced his back against the wall on the issue and he was on political life support. He conveniently switched his position in an attempt to win back the liberal supporters that were abandoning him for many reasons. Give him credit it worked.
    I guess he was tired of all his hate.

  3. Yeah, right, Herb: It would be ever so much better for us if John McCain or Mitt Romney or Rick Perry or Sarah Palin or Rick Santorum (listed not necessarily in order of ascending homophobia or descending IQ) were in office. Sue. You go on believing that, bucko!

  4. Typical Bill..You can’t defend the hypocritical record of your lib savior and his record of “hate”, so you attempt to change the focus on failed candidates of little relevance. BTW- not to change the subject but you might wanna take a look at Rick Perry’s record in Texas, he would have certainly done a lot better than this war monger we have in office. OOppp’s I better watch out someone under the direction of the “transparent President’ might be hacking into my personal info on my computer.

  5. Hey Bill, put on Sirius/XM I think there is a Ten Years After and a Country Joe and the Fish concert on.

  6. Typical Bill..You can’t defend the hypocritical record of your lib savior and his record of “hate”, so you attempt to change the focus on failed candidates of little relevance.

    Actually, I’ll just take what he’s done rather than what he said in the past, and leave it at that. He was the first president in history to advocate for same sex marriage. Previous to that, he instructed the Justice Department to not defend the DOMA.

    OOppp’s I better watch out someone under the direction of the “transparent President’ might be hacking into my personal info on my computer.

    I’m sure back in 2003 you were for this program, before you were against it. Like all your fellow right wing hypocrites.

  7. “you might wanna take a look at Rick Perry’s record in Texas”

    —oh, let’s!

    Homicide Rate 46/50
    Property Crime Rate 50/50
    Teen Birth Rate 48/50
    High School Graduation Rate 50/50

    ..i could go on.

    Herb, glad to see you’ve been awakened from your coma by your avatar Sarah Palin’s return to Fox. Of course, feel free to bash away at whomever you choose—but just don’t write nonsense about imbeciles like Rick Perry or any of the other vast contingent of GOP losers who couldn’t beat one of the most vulnerable incumbents in history because their policies were so troglodyte-ish that the majority of Americans said “no.”

  8. For those of you who continue to bemoan Obama after five years in office and label him a “hate” Preident, get over it, he’s in his second term.

    But don’t you worry, Hillary’s a comin’ in ’16 and she fully supports same sex marriage.

    The only ones who will be “puking” then will be the GOP and their supporters.

  9. Joe D = hater but Obama gets a pass… Coming from the party that holds Robert Byrd to hero status…the hypocrisy makes me chuckle..toodles.

  10. Herb you’re busy here today ! Thanks for your sinning last week, we finally got some sun.

  11. Gosh, a sentimental thought: I’m old enough to remember when “Lesbian and Gay” was its own public awareness title. Then Bi was added, then Transgender, now “Questioning” and the acronym grows. Any ideas for using every letter in the alphabet to create the greatest “grievance/self-esteem building/I am different so I need a title…” acronym the modern world of “grievance/pity/anger/pride/confusion/my sexual orientation is all I am” acronym in modern times? Although “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” would be the benchmark, if we could get to 26 grievance letters, maybe Julie Andrews would kiss everyone of the grievance bearers, and maybe Judy Garland or Oscar Wilde will show up for the unveiling.

  12. brigattista;
    I said the same thing you did ( not as eloquently) & was censured. Good Luck with the Honesty & “Self Thinking”

  13. Thanks for the heads-up fellas. Tough to be milquetoast all the time, but I don’t recall taking a Montclair pledge to have no opinions that might be un-PC. BTW, is there really such a pledge?

  14. @jcunningham: you could go on? You mean fabricate more statistics?

    Heck, I hope Perry runs again. Because if he’s a viable candidate, then that means Republicans learned nothing from their defeat in 2012, which means four more years of Democratic administration. It’s really funny watching Republicans display shock and dismay that the politics that work in right-wing echo chambers like Texas don’t translate to the rest of the country.

    And as for the LGBTQ or whatever acronym, why do you care so much?

  15. pickle, mike91 is one of those people that usually follows the party talking points. If a topic comes up he goes to one of his lefty websites to gather some info then comes back and spouts it off like he already knew it. There was a time when I actually would check the validity of his statements then confront him but then he changes the topic or starts throwing around Bush, Cheney, Palin etc. It got old. Remember, when it comes to mikey91, he doesn’t let the facts get in the way of good rambling.

  16. Remember, when it comes to mikey91, he doesn’t let the facts get in the way of good rambling.

    C’mon herb, let’s discuss global warming again so you can accuse me of being “indoctrinated,” instead of presenting facts to support your case, like in this thread:

    https://www.baristanetnew.wpengine.com/2010/12/nj-climate-scientists-gather-in-trenton-today-christie-skeptical/#comments

    Checking the validity of my statements. Ha. It is to laugh.

    And you might want to practice your reading comprehension. I said nothing about whether jcunningham’s stats were true or not, just that I hope Perry runs. Because he’s an idiot.

  17. Hey herb, per your 4:09 post, how about this – perhaps it’s far better to brush up on Breitbart.com talking points – rather than (liberal?) “party” talking points?.. Here, let me try some out….There is NO global warming ! Don’t Tread on Me ! Guns don’t kill people, people kill people! Abolish the IRS! Barry O’Bummer is a Kenyan Socialist Muslim Anchor Baby who stole both elections with Acorn votes !……… ( how’m I doin’, herb? )

  18. If George Bush, Dick Cheney,Donald Rumsfeld, and Sarah Palin all fell into a lake and were drowning, and you had time to save only one of them, what kind of sandwich would you make?

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