This Holiday, do not go to the mall

Out In Jersey magazine Editor Sam MartinoEditor's Letter

Holidays are a difficult time for many people, but we must continue to keep a positive attitude and be the change we want to see in the world.

Why did Fox News distort the Chris Christie record?

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Fox News really does not like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The "fair and balanced" news network is so afraid of Christie in the upcoming 2016 GOP presidential primaries that they have begun to blatantly distort or ignore his actual record on same- sex marriage. Yesterday, Fox News attempted to paint Christie as a moderate compromiser.

Hope is a wicked mistress

Sam Martino profile 2013Editor's Letter: With all the violence in the world, my hope was waning. Then yesterday, Out In Jersey's Editor Emeritus, Toby Grace, called me and spoke of a random act of kindness he witnessed, and just like that, my hope was restored. If only for a few minutes.

Finding home for the Holidays

Rev. Irene MonroeThe Christmas season is a difficult time of year for me. I am always bothered by our culture's egregious forms of commercialism - and its either lack of, or its anemic recognition of other forms of religious holidays like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and the celebration of the winter solstice during this season.

Remembering Two-Spirits this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving-Two-SpiritAs I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time's spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance - historical and familial.

We want more because we deserve more

Sam Martino is the editor of Out In Jersey magazineEditor's Letter:

We go to the places that welcome us with open arms and wide smiles. Whether it is a gay bar, a leather bar, a home of your friend's, a vacation in Uganda... No, you wouldn't go on vacation in Uganda, because if you are an LGBT person, you know that you are not celebrated in Uganda.

Summer dreams & midnight screams

Out In Jersey Editor Sam MartinoEditor's Letter:

For many people, summer means spending time with family, going on vacation down the shore, taking road trips, or going to camp with friends. But for many LGBT youth whose parents have disowned them, summer will be another sweltering season with no place to go and no one to turn to.

Military’s ban on nappy hair

Rev. Irene MonroeAfrican American female servicemembers comprise the highest percentage of women in the military. And with these sister servicewomen enlisting in the military at higher rates than their white, Asian and Latina sisters to serve and die for our country, the last thing the military should be squawking about is our hair.

Editors IN Box – Pride is Visibility

Out In Jersey magazine Editor Sam MartinoJune is the month when our visibility is most prevalent and pride is celebrated all over the world, we come out in droves to show that we are proud of who we are. We stand together. New Jersey has been showing its pride for 23 years with their spectacular celebration in Asbury Park, but June is not the only month that we are visible.

White gay men are not the culprits gentrifying Harlem

Rev Irene MonroeIn New York City, building 1644 on Park Avenue is gone. So, too, is building 1646. On March 12th witnesses and residents of the area all reported hearing an explosion before the buildings leveled leaving plumes of dust where they once stood. Tremors from the fiery blast were felt more than a mile away. The night before the conflagration the smell of gas was detectable.