City of Hoboken Announces Pride Month Events

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“The City of Hoboken has been and always will be an inclusive home where we celebrate our diversity,” said Mayor Bhalla. “I encourage all Hoboken residents to join us as we raise the pride flag to demonstrate our continued solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.”

“The Hoboken Pride Flag Raising is an important annual event for our LGBTQ+ community here in Hoboken and throughout the county,” said Elizabeth Schedl, Executive Director of the Hudson Pride Center. “This day highlights the inclusion efforts that the City and all of us have made. When people walk past City Hall, they’ll know that Hoboken is not only welcoming and supportive, but celebrates LGBTQ+ people! Hudson Pride is proud to be part of the Hoboken Pride flag raising and to continue our work with city leaders to support the LGBTQ+ community here in Hoboken.

“Over the past few years, our LGBTQ+ community here in Hoboken has grown in many ways,” said Laura Knittel, the city’s LGBTQ+ community liaison. “We have more LGBTQ+ residents, some raising families here, more LGBTQ+-owned businesses, more LGBTQ+ community groups, and of course more friends and allies who support us and us. continuously embrace in so many ways. The more we grow in the community, the deeper and more dynamic understanding and acceptance becomes. It’s so important to trust and feel safe and comfortable in the communities we live in, and we’re so grateful for inclusive cities like Hoboken because that’s not always the case in America.

The city will kick off Pride Month tonight by lighting up City Hall in the colors of the rainbow. City Hall will be illuminated with rainbow lights every night for the duration of June.

The Hoboken Public Library will be hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour in Church Square Park with Harmonic Sunbeam on Wednesday, June 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., as well as a Pride book discussion about Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers on Tuesday June. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hoboken Public Library at 500 Park Avenue. For more information and to respond to the book discussion, go to https://bccls.libcal.com/event/9254809?hs=a. Printed copies of the book will be available for pickup after your RSVP at the event.

Additionally, on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the city will host a Hoboken Family Pride Walk at Maxwell Place Park. The free event, hosted in partnership with resident Sam LaRoche, will include coffee and pastries donated by the Hive, popsicles, face paint, and more. For more information or to register, click here.

Hudson County celebrates Pride Month in August, and as such, the city will host other Pride events in August, including the annual Pride community paint-in-the-colors event.

Last November, for the fourth year in a row, the city received a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Municipal Equality Index (MEI), an annual review of more than 500 municipalities across the United States regarding LGBTQ+ laws. and policies.

Over the past four years, Bhalla administration initiatives include mandating all single occupancy toilets to be gender neutral and preventing discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community and other groups minority interests for city entrepreneurs.

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