Trenton mayor announced the first LGBTQ liaison on the last day of Pride month
As LGBTQ Pride Month came to a close, Mayor Reed Gusciora announced the creation of an LGBTQ Liaison position to better assist Trenton’s LGBTQ residents and advocate for policies that support the community.
“For urban areas like Trenton, LGBTQ youth, elders, and people of color are particularly marginalized when it comes to homelessness, addiction services, and mental healthcare,” said Gusciora. “A lack of accurate data concerning LGBTQ residents can result in related social programs missing their mark. We created this new position to better assess the needs of our LGBTQ community and connect them with the critical services they need the most.”
The LGBTQ Liaison position was created by Executive Order. It was signed on June 30 by Gusciora and “augments the efforts of the Mayor’s Office of Citizen Concerns by working directly with LGBTQ residents, students, and employees of the City of Trenton to ensure any issues relevant to the LGBTQ community are addressed in a respectful and timely manner,” said a press release.
Rick Kavin, who currently serves as an Aide to Gusciora, will assume this new role immediately. Kavin, a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University studying and teaching constitutional law and LGBTQ Politics, first came to Trenton to work for the mayor in January 2019 as a Harold and Reba Martin Fellow from the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
In addition to the new liaison position Kavin serves as the Vice President of Operations for the Pride Center of New Jersey in Highland Park. The Pride Center provides social support, programming and resources for New Jersey’s LGBTQ community.