LCDI Pride Subcommittee
The Township of Livingston Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Pride Subcommittee is a volunteer group which seeks to represent the needs of LGBTQIA+ residents, employees, and guests in town. Our primary activity is the organization of the Pride flag raising. This is accompanied by events every June.
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Monitored by Scott Brody, Pride Chairperson
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"Anyone who is struggling: you have so many people in this community… There is support available to all of us!" - Dr. Sarah Goldstein, Livingston Resident and Professor of Family Science at MSU
"There are really two kinds of pride. One is the pride that LGBT community members will feel when they proclaim who they are. The other kind of pride, in having this flag up, is how our community feels about our LGBT community. We are proud of them, we support them." - Dr. Shawn Klein, 2021 Mayor of Livingston
"There are no others; there is no difference. The divinity that lies within you lies within all of us!" - Fal Pandya, Hindu Community Clergy
"When I joined the ranks of the Livingston Police Department, I had my reservations, whether I would be able to serve as my authentic self. These reservations were quickly dispelled as I was welcomed by both the department and the township with open arms. I knew I found my dream job!" - Officer Sheena Maldonado, Livingston Police Department
"When I saw this rainbow flag flying after I came out that second time, it brought me to tears. It made me feel so seen, and heard, so incredibly loved and validated even when I wasn’t made to feel that way by those around me. And for that I thank all of those involved in organizing yet another flag raising." - Livingston High School Student
Pride is Everywhere: Resources for LGBTQIA+ Individuals, Families, and Allies
- Livingston Public Schools
Mount Pleasant Middle School Spectrum Club
Heritage Middle School Spectrum Club
Livingston High School Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
- Livingston Public Library
About: The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is a national organization for students, parents and teachers that tries to affect positive change in schools.
- Montclair State University LGBTQ Center
About: Montclair State was recently recognized as on of the top LGBTQ-friendly schools in the US (number 18 nationwide).
- Study.com - The College Guide for LGBTQ Students
About: Study.com's College Guide for LGBTQ+ Students. Includes a list of the top 50 LGBTQ+ friendly campuses in the US. Guide to what parents and potential students can look for in finding LGBTQ+ friendly campuses.
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- Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health
About: Livingston’s own Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (formerly Saint Barnabas Medical Center) has been ranked a healthcare leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index. The center maintains a robust diversity equity inclusion program and employs numerous LGBTQIA+ health providers.
RWJBarnabas healthcare also maintains the PROUD Gender Center of New Jersey at 181 Somerset St., 2nd Floor New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
Services available include:
- Comprehensive primary care
- Gender-affirming surgery including transfeminine and transmasculine top surgery
- Gender-affirming bottom surgery for transmen
- Facial feminization and facial masculinization surgery
- Hormone therapy/endocrinology
- Otolaryngology/vocal training
- Community outreach, education and training
- Advocacy resources
- Information and referral to behavioral and mental health support services
- Support services
- Morristown Medical Center / Atlantic Health
About: Morristown Medical Center, and affiliates Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, and Goryeb Children’s Hospital have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.
Programs Atlantic health has run include but are not limited to:
- Establishing support groups and educational classes for vulnerable populations – such as people living with HIV and AIDS, and non-English speaking families who are expecting children
- Revising patient visitation policies to allow for more inclusion and respect for all families and visitors
- Expanding pastoral and spiritual care for patients of all faith communities
- Translating “Patient Rights," patient forms and medical records into Spanish and other languages
- Enhancing interpretation of languages other than English through new technologies
- Improving meal services to accommodate diverse dietary and nutritional preferences
- Rutgers NJMS - Transgender Health
About: “The Rutgers Center for Transgender Health is a multidisciplinary center that provides a full spectrum of medical and surgical care for people of the transgender and gender non-binary (TGNB) experience. Our team of expert health professionals offer a compassionate, coordinated approach to gender affirmation.”
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- PFLAG NYC API / Asian Pride Project
Support Group Facebook Page: facebook.com/apirainbowparents
About: Support group by PFLAG oriented to the East Asian and Pacific Islander community. In partnership with PFLAG, Asian Pride Project produces media which “celebrates the journeys, triumphs and struggles of LGBTQ individuals and our Asian and Pacific Islander (API) families and communities. We seek to capture these stories by using the arts – film, video, photography and the written word – as a medium for social justice and advocacy in the LGBTQ realm.”
- Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies
About: “Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies was conceived in 2017 for South Asian families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals to learn about LGBTQ+ issues, find community with one another and learn how to better support their loved ones. We serve Desi individuals and families who trace their origins to South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Our mission is to foster understanding and acceptance among families, with the goal of affirming and celebrating our LGBTQ+ loved ones.”
The group has had events in New York City, and now offers support and other opportunities via Zoom.
- Federated Church of Livingston
Contact: Rev. Dr. Antonio Torrence
Address: 6 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039
About: “This is the first church that I am proud to pastor openly as a gay African American man,” said Rev. Dr. Antonio Torrence in 2021. The Federated Church is “An Open and Affirming Christian Community” and maintains affiliations with the American Baptist and the United Church of Christ.
- Presbyterian Church of Livingston
Contact Person: Rev. Dan Martian
Address: 271 W Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039
About: In line with national policies permitting same-sex marriage, ordination of LGBTQIA+ ministers, and equality; the Presbyterian Church of Livingston supports the LGBT community in town. Rev. Dan Martian proudly serves on the town’s Pride subcommittee, in addition to the Livingston Clergy Association.
- Temple Beth Shalom
About: “[Temple Beth Shalom] supports the full inclusion and participation of all people in religious and communal life.” Rabbi Simeon Cohen sung at Livingston Pride in 2021.
- Temple B'nai Abraham
Address: 300 E Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039
About: “Our congregation has approximately 800 member units, including individuals, couples and single and dual head of household families. We welcome interfaith and LGBTQ families and individuals.”
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- Essex Rain LGBT Shelter
- Homeless Assistance Line: 973-675-6780
- Email: email@example.com
About: “The Essex LGBT Reaching Adolescents In Need (RAIN) Foundation is a 501(c)3 non profit that provides emergency shelter services to address the emergent need of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals experiencing crisis leading to homelessness.” Based in East Orange, NJ.
- The Trevor Project Lifeline
About: The Trevor Project is a "leading national organization, providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth." If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the Trevor Lifeline now.
- Trans Lifeline
Hotline: 1-(877) 565-8860
About: Provides peer support for transgender people and their families and friends.
- Mental Health Crisis: Suicide Prevention Lifeline
About: In a mental health crisis? The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is trained to handle LGBTQ+ specific challenges. They are available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.
Beginning in July 2022, the mental health assistance will be available by calling a new national emergency line, 988.
Additional LGBT specific information from the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a program of the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is available at: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/lgbtq
- Livingston Police Department
About: The Livingston Police Department has the duty to serve and protect all community members, including LGBTQ+ individuals. They have sent numerous speakers to Livingston’s Pride events. In the event of a hate crime, the Police Detective Bureau can be contacted at 973-992-3000, ext. 3500.
- State of NJ Department of Children and Families
About: “DCF Supports LGBTQI.” Where LGBT+ youth are subject to abuse, the state may intervene. The DCF has also compiled a list of resources at nj.gov/dcf/adolescent/lgbtqi
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- Garden State Equality
About: Garden State Equality is "New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ advocacy and education organization with over 150,000 members." As stated on their website, their mission is to provide quality, innovative community programs, educate and train service providers, and pass pro-equality policies to protect and meet the needs of LGBTQ New Jerseyans.
- National Center for Transgender Equality
About: A national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people.
About: PFLAG is "the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies."
This resource from PFLAG is designed to educate and help families and loved ones be supportive when someone comes out. This "brand-new webinar has some great tips, tools, and ideas for PFLAG members looking to support LGBTQ* individuals who are planning to come out and new (and potential allies who want to demonstrate their acceptance of LGBTQ folks in their lives." pflag.org/whensomeonecomesoutrecording
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- New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce
About: “Since 2013, the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce has been the premier LGBT and allied business organization committed to facilitating successful business collaboration and increasing the economic staying-power of its diverse membership.”
- NJ State Bar Association LGBT Rights Section
About: “The LGBT Rights Section addresses issues that are of importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the legal profession. It advocates for and promotes the civil and human rights of the LGBT community, strives to improve access to justice for LGBT individuals and works to advance professional opportunities for LGBT attorneys and judges.”
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