Somerset County will form an LGBTQ Advisory Board

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LGBT Rainbow Flag flying

The board is seeking applications from Somerset County residents

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month to support the county of Somerset New Jersey’s LGBTQ community the Freeholders announced the formation of a new county LGBTQ+ Advisory Board.

Shanel Y. Robinson
Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson

“The goal of this advisory board is to continue to recognize, honor, validate, and accept our LGBTQ+ residents with open arms,” said Shanel Y. Robinson the Somerset County Freeholder Director. “Our mission is for Somerset County to be safe, supportive and a place where LGBTQ+ residents can thrive.”

Supporters said the mission of the new LGBTQ+ Advisory Board will be  to support diversity in the county and to raise public awareness. Board members will advocate for LGBTQ residents by promoting justice and equality, ending oppression and inequities, ensuring that all voices in the community are heard, and fostering mutual respect among residents and its leaders. The board will conduct ongoing outreach, promote education about LGBTQ issues, respond to community needs, and recommend positive changes.

“The new Advisory Board will provide the freeholders with insight into the issues that the LGBTQ+ community face, which will help improve community relations and residents’ quality of life,” said Freeholder Melonie Marano. “The team will consult with trusted experts from key sectors such as medical, business, education, law enforcement, and housing for a comprehensive overview of LGBTQ+ residents. I look forward to hearing feedback from the Advisory Board and welcome the new team to the county.”

Appointed by the freeholders, the board will consist of seven members who will serve from one year to three years depending on their role. Board members will include a student from Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, and six public members who will be appointed by the freeholders.

Any county resident interested in applying for membership on the advisory board should submit a letter of interest and a resume to the freeholder Board. To apply visit co.somerset.nj.us/how-do-i/learn-about/boards-and-commissions