Pride Festival photoAs one of the most diverse cities in the country, the City of Jersey City aims to provide equal opportunity to all of its diverse employees, residents, and businesses.

In support of this aim, on April 26, 2013, the City of Jersey City’s Mayor’s Taskforce on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ Equality, together with other City officials, held a meeting with the Legislative Counsel for State and Municipal Advocacy of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBTQ+ individuals. This meeting demonstrated the City’s continued partnership in the advancement of Jersey City’s LGBTQ+ related programs.


The City of Jersey City and the Mayor’s LGBTQ+ Taskforce aims to increase awareness of lesbian identities and issues. Today, April 26 is Lesbian Visibility Day. It represents sisterhood and the celebration provides platform for the voices of all women– transgender, lesbian, straight or others, while rallying for gender equality.


LGBTQ Clothing Drive photoWe are happy to announce that the LGBTQ Taskforce Winter Apparel Drive was very successful. We thank everyone who donated.
Read the full report HERE.

2022 EVENTSPride Photo

The LGBTQ+ Taskforce was involved in numerous city-wide events to promote the LGBTQ+ community.

The annual Pride event is where we make the biggest splash, starting at City Hall and making our way to the Newark  Ave. Pedestrian Walkway in a lively, colorful and joyful parade we celebrate how far we've come. 

Pride photoMembers of the LGBTQ+ Taskforce take the stage with friends and supporters at the annual August Pride event. 

Pride painting street photoA few days before the event, everyone pitches in to paint the town rainbow on Grove Street in front of City Hall, including the Mayor. 


• Jersey City has received the highest score in the State of New Jersey from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index since its inception in 2012 and received a perfect score of 100 points from HRC for eight (8) years in a row (2013 - 2020).
• Jersey City was ranked 8th among the top ten LGBTQ+ Friendly cities nationwide in 2014 by
• Jersey City was ranked among the Top 10 Affordable Gay friendly neighborhoods by
• Jersey City was named the Queerest City in America by the Advocate Magazine
• The Office of the Mayor, The Office of the City Council, The Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs and the Jersey City Police Department were recipients of Hudson Pride Council’s Vital Voice Award for their service to the LGBTQ+ community.
• Jersey City is home to two bars/restaurant geared towards the LGBTQ+ community, with a third slated for this year
• Jersey City co-sponsors Annual LGBTQ Pride Diversity Festival and Annual Raising of LGBTQ+ Pride Rainbow Flag at City Hall.


• The Mayor and Municipal Council have annually issued Proclamations and Resolutions in support and recognition of LGBTQ+ Equality and Pride.
• Mayor Fulop has supported marriage equality long before it became legal in New Jersey and joined the group Mayors for Marriage by signing a pledge immediately upon assuming office in 2013.
• Same-sex marriages are performed at municipal facilities by statutorily authorized municipal officials.
• The City of Jersey City ensures equal employment rights regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity and offers equal Health& Pension Benefits for married LGBTQ+ employees and their spouses and also for LGBTQ+ municipal employees pursuant to the Domestic Partnership Act and the Civil Union Act.
• The Mayor’s Executive Order 2016-011 created a Diversity and Inclusion Board consisting of twelve (12) members , two (2) of which from the LGBT community, to advise the City on methods to eradicate and remediate discrimination, violence and economic disparities affecting the City’s historically underrepresented constituencies, including LGBTQ+ and to further advise on policies to ensure equal access to education, employment and economic opportunity as well on programming to foster cultural awareness of the City’s many diverse communities.
• The Mayor’s Executive Order 2017-005 established gender inclusivity in all municipal bathroom facilities owned and maintained by the City.
• The Jersey City Police Department is the first Police Department in the state to establish an LGBTQ+ Police Liaison Officer.
• The Office of the Mayor has a designated LGBTQ+ Community Liaison who also serves as the Mayor’s representative on the Mayor’s LGBTQ+ Task Force.
• The City of Jersey City coordinates with local community businesses in fundraisers and hosting events involving non-profit LGBTQ+ civil rights organizations that promote diversity and acceptance through education and awareness, such as The Matthew Shepard Foundation, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Lambda Legal of NJ, CondomNation and Garden State Equality.
• Jersey City holds year-round training for all employees on Sensitivity, Diversity and Inclusion, Anti-Discrimination/Harassment and Workplace Inclusion, with specific focuses on LGBTQ+ topics, and promotes school district-wide Anti-Bullying and Youth Prevention Bullying policies and training.
• Jersey City actively recruits LGBTQ+ individuals to serve within municipal agencies such as the JC police and fire departments.


Partners with Jersey City-based Hudson Pride Center on various social service initiatives, including their Community Outreach Events, HIV Testing/Counseling Activities and LGBTQ+ Youth and Senior Programs
• Promotes additional equality awareness efforts by partnering with other NJ-based LGBTQ+ organizations such as the African-American Office of Gay Concerns, NJ Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality.
• The JC Department of Health & Human Services' Division of Health promotes the Mayor's AIDS Task Force which continues to provide HIV education, awareness and testing as well as treatment services and referrals.
• Jersey City also receives federal funding via Hudson County to assist people living with HIV/AIDS with their housing needs through the Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA) program.

LGBTQ Flag raising poto

For further information on the City’s LGBTQ+ programs, please contact:

Mayor’s Liaison to the LGBTQ+ Community
Tanya R. Marione, AICP, PP
Director of City Planning
1 Jackson Square
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Phone: 201-547-5010

Jersey City Police Department LGBTQ+ Liaison
Detective Lorraine Mapps
365 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: 201-547- 6832; Email: [email protected]
Cell No: 551-247-7542

LGBTQ+ Advisory Board Members:
David Rosen-  Hudson Pride Center Clinical Services Director
Phone: 201- 963-4779 EXT. 119
Email: [email protected]

Elizabeth Schedl - Executive Director of Hudson Pride Center
Phone: 201-963-4779 ext. 1110
Email: [email protected]

Jersey City LGBTQ+ Coordinator
Jeana Abuan
Acting Director, Office of Tax Abatement & Compliance
280 Grove St. Bsmt. Room 109A
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: 201-547-4538
Email: [email protected]