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May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Out In Jersey triangleThe International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) was created to help promote a world free of hatred, violence, and oppression regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This day is a day to celebrate freedom, acceptance, and diversity.

Drag Show fundraiser is hosted by drag sensation Ms. Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone doing drag in 2014. Photo from facebook.The College of New Jersey's largest and oldest queer-straight alliance, PRISM, is hosting its 11th Annual Charity Drag Show on April 17, 2014 at 8:30pm in the Brower Student Center on the Ewing campus of TCNJ.

Ding Dong, Fred Phelps Is Dead

Fred Phelps Obit 2014Fred Phelps, founder and long-time leader of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church (not connected to any genuine Baptist denomination) died on March 19 at the age of 84. His final months were spent in a hospice where he was in and out of lucidity according to son Nate Phelps, estranged from much of his family and excommunicated from Westboro Baptist as a result of an internal power struggle.

What LGBT couples need to know when filing taxes

calculationGay and lesbian couples holding a valid marriage certificate from a state that recognizes same- sex marriage will be able to file a joint federal tax return for tax year 2013. But 22 states do not recognize same- sex marriage but require taxpayers to reference their federal return when filing state income tax. Revenue officials in these states must therefore provide guidance for taxpayers.

Atlantic City casinos announce a $50,000 LGBT wedding contest

Do-AC Burgundy logoNew Jersey in 2013 became the 14th state in the nation where lesbian and gay couples can have marriage equality. At Caesars Entertainment they are celebrating by offering one happy couple the wedding of their dreams. From the bachelor or bachelorette party all the way through to the "I Do's", this contest package for the winners features the best of the best in Atlantic City.

 

Asbury Park’s 2nd Annual Pink Prom planned for May

Pink Prom at Hotel Tides May 4, 2013As prom season approaches, it also presents a great opportunity for the LGBT community to come together, dress up in fancy tuxedos and gowns, and help to promote a worthy cause. Pink Prom on Friday, May 2, at the Hotel Tides, in Asbury Park is a fundraising event where the community is able to support an organization that has performed countless good deeds. This year, proceeds from the prom will benefit Project R.E.A.L.

Diversity Weekend at Gables of Cape May offers “Bait & Swish”

Poppy ChamplinGABLES of Cape May County will sponsor the 7th Annual Diversity Weekend with "Bait & Swish: Punchline & Sinker," a night of LGBT comedy and illusion from America's most "Out There" performers. The show includes comedienne Poppy Champlin and is on Saturday April 5, 2014at Marq's Pub, at the Marquis de Lafayette Hotel, 501 Beach Avenue, in Cape May, NJ.

Some NJ senior care facilities are discriminating against LGBT individuals says...

OIJ-blank-triangleLesbian and gay seniors face discrimination while searching for housing in adult communities and senior assisted living facilities in New Jersey according to a new study. "Opening Doors: An Investigation of Barriers to Senior Housing for Same-Sex Couples," found that in 40% of tested cases LGBT persons say they were treated less favorably than their heterosexual peers in senior living accommodations.

Where do gay couples live in New Jersey?

NEWS Realtor gay homeGay and Lesbian couples are residing throughout the state of New Jersey in every city and town according to the latest 2010 Census data just analyzed. Not many surprises so far. Many traditional gay enclaves along the New Jersey shore and in western Hunterdon County seemed to remain as popular as ever in the latest US Census 2010 data. 

The Olympic Winter Games: Will you be watching?

Sochi Rainbow Olympic logoWill you watch the Winter Olympics? To be honest, I haven't thought about it much. Besides the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony, I rarely follow any Olympic game. It seems that the LGBT community remains divided about what it should do. There has been no one to lead us in saying "No! I'm sick and tired and I won't take it anymore."

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