August 6, 2018

Hoboken Ushers in Inaugural Hoboken Pride Week

The City of Hoboken on Monday kicked off its inaugural Hoboken Pride Week with a flag raising ceremony. At the ceremony, Hudson Pride Center CEO Michael Billy presented Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla with the organization’s Evolution Award.

“Our understanding of gender and sexuality are ever evolving, and as we evolve, so must our society and so must our policies and laws,” said Billy. “In a few short months, Bhalla has set the bar high in New Jersey by protecting the dignity of trans and non-binary individuals with his gender-neutral bathroom ordinance. Beyond that, our community is intersectional, and his advocacy on behalf of immigrants, working parents, and the homeless help lift us all up.”

Bhalla is the only elected official to have received this award.

“I am grateful and humbled to receive this recognition from Hudson Pride Center,” said Bhalla. “As a civil rights activist, I am trying to do my part to make life more equitable for members of traditionally marginalized communities. As an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, I look at this honor not as an end prize, but as a sign that we are doing our part here in Hoboken to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”

At the ceremony, Bhalla announced the selection of Laura Knittel as Hoboken’s LGBTQ Community Liaison. In this volunteer role, Knittel will serve as a resource for the public to raise concerns related to the LGBTQ+ community. Knittel will meet with Bhalla as needed to present solutions to these concerns.

Hoboken Pride Week is part of the first-ever Hudson Pride Month, with events happening across Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne throughout the month of August.

Events in Hoboken include:

Every Woman Wellness Event

  • Tuesday, August 7 from 4-8 p.m. at Hoboken University Medical Center
  • Healthy living event for lesbian, bisexual, cis, and trans women
  • Free yearly medical exam, safe sex resources, guided meditation, food, music, and prizes
  • Schedule an appointment at (201) 884-5329
  • Walk-ins welcome

LGBTQ Networking Mixer

  • Thursday, August 9 from 7-9 p.m. at Giannone Wine & Liquor
  • Social event with wine and cheese pairings
  • Space is limited
  • $20 donation with proceeds going to Hudson Pride Center

Foam N’ Glow Dance Party on the Pier

  • Saturday, August 11 from 6-11 p.m. at Sinatra Park
  • Dance party featuring live music and foam cannons
  • Performance by Felipe Rose, founding member of the Village People
  • Hosted by drag queen Harmonica Sunbeam
  • Outdoor bar by The Hub
  • $10 tickets in advance, $15 at the door

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