Michael “Billy” Bisogno, today begins his new role as Executive Director of Hudson Pride Connections Center in Jersey City. The Board of Trustees will formally induct Bisogno later this afternoon at a 3:30pm annual Pride Flag Raising ceremony.
“I have been working with the center for a long time now,” said Bisogno. “This is a huge passion of mine and I am ecstatic to use this as an opportunity to take Hudson Pride to the next level.”
Bisogno’s grassroots efforts includes the Jersey City International Film & TV Festival, Humanity Pride Productions, and Jersey City Stands. He is also in a key leadership position and co-chair of the Jersey City Pride Festival to be held next week. Bisogno has increased the size and audience of the annual festival, which in recent years has attracted over 10,000 visitors.
Jersey City Pride launched yesterday on August 16 and ends on August 26. The Festival kicks off at 1pm between Jersey Avenue, and Grove Street on Newark Avenue within the core of the old downtown district in Jersey City.
No time will be squandered while Michael Billy settles into his new position, said Jonathan Lucas, Co-Chair for Operations with Hudson Pride, and Paul Hyman, Co-Chair for Strategy & Development. Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director with Garden State Equality, similarly expressed an interest in joining forces, and in particular, providing support to the Jersey City community.
Partnerships and a Capital campaign are on track
“I have a great partnership with Christian Fuscarino, who was actually a former employee of Hudson Pride, and understands where we stand and where we are intending to go,” said Bisogno. “I look forward to working as a team with other sectors of the equality movement, and together leading a united effort.”
Bisogno plans to kick off a capital campaign to raise funds for a brand new center in a mission to re-brand what LGBT centers are for mid-size cities. “We are fortunate to hold the largest LGBT population in the state of New Jersey. Thus, it is my objective as Executive Director to see to it that we use such as an opportunity to recreate, and establish a model for LGBT community centers across the nation.”