Thank you to all who make this magazine happen

Out In Jersey magazine Editor-In-Chief Sam Martino
Out In Jersey magazine Editor-In-Chief Sam Martino
Editor’s Letter

I started writing for Out In Jersey during the Bush administration, before we had marriage equality. We were fighting for equality day in and day out. Now the times have changed, the administration has changed, and we are still fighting for our rights. But these days, we are fighting for transgender rights. We find ourselves waking up to headlines such as: ”Trump Administration seeks to define gender.”

News editor, J.L Gaynor, wrote at, “The Trump administration is considering measures that will define gender as a ‘biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth’. A draft of a proposal addressing this by the Department of Health and Human Services was viewed and published by the New York Times. This is the latest in a string of rollbacks by the administration. It seeks to undo the protections put into place for the LGBT community under President Barack Obama.”

I can only imagine how scary this is for our transgender brothers and sisters. I know as a lesbian, it scares me for everyone’s future. So, this season, remember to give thanks to those you love. And if you really want to do something great for the Garden State, do what Michael Cook suggests in his gift guide, “Merry Christmas, Mary,” and make a donation to Garden State Equality.

The midterm election is over, and the holiday season is in full swing. During election years, especially, we don’t get the time, or take the time, to really give thanks to those who deserve it.

There are so many dedicated writers, editors, copy editors, contributors, photographers, and distribution staff that work tirelessly to get Out In Jersey magazine to your mailbox, bar, or library every other month. The work doesn’t start at the beginning of every month. Once we put an issue out, it starts all over again. And the website is updated with news and events every single day. We do this for many reasons. But one of the main reasons is to inform our community about what is happening in New Jersey.

For many of our readers, this magazine and website is the only lifeline they have to the LGBT community. I have talked to a few subscribers who have the issues delivered to their home. They tell me they read it from front to back. They expressed to me how delighted they are to have the magazine as their go-to queer rag.

So this holiday season is the time to tell people how much you appreciate them. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our readers, subscribers, and all of those I work with each and every day.

Thank you, and Happy Holidays!!!

Sam Martino
Maria Sammartino (aka Sam Martino), is a writer and artist for over 15 years. Maria started at Out In Jersey as the news editor in 2009, and shortly thereafter became the Editor-In-Chief. She has been published in the Philadelphia Gay News, The International Journal of MS Care, and others. Maria goes by Sam Martino because she believes that women are never given a fair shot - and doesn’t want her art or her writing to be judged based on her sex, but on the merit of the work.