Jersey City rallies against homophobia


The atmosphere was festive— considering. If the rainbow flag didn’t register with passersby, the sounds of Cher singing ‘Strong Enough’ let them know this gathering at City Hall was a gay affair. 

The joint effort between Hudson Diversity Action Council, Jersey City Lesbian & Gay Outreach, Hudson Pride Connections, the Pride Connections Center of New Jersey and Garden State Equality, was necessary because the area has a seen a rise in violence against LGBTI people. Some of these recent events haven’t been adequately reported— one involved an employee at a fast food chicken place who frequently taunted members of an LGBTI organization, ultimately escalating to violence.