Fred 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.
Gay 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.
New 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.
As 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.
GABLES 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.
Lesbian 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.
Gay 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.
Will 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."
The Pride Center of New Jersey will hold thier Annual Valentine's Day Gala this Saturday, February 8 from 7 pm - Midnight at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 US Highway 1 southbound in Iselin NJ.
Openly gay marine and waitress Dayna Morales, who was stiffed out of her tip last week at a restaurant in Bridgewater because of her "lifestyle" has made headlines again by giving a portion of her donations to the Wounded Warrior project according to www.NJ.com.