The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders proudly invites all LGBTQ allies and families to rally in support of marriage and family equality at the Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic on Saturday, September 16 at Rahway River Park in Rahway.
“The Family Equality Rally is an opportunity for our community to come together in unity to celebrate the strength of our diversity,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “All families are invited to stand up for diversity, tolerance and love, and show support for family equality with a sign or banner. Bring a rally sign or join us before the rally at the poster making station to create one.”
The Family Equality Rally will kick off at 1:00 P.M. with special guest speakers as well as powerful renditions of songs that celebrate unity and equality by the voices of Union County’s own Mystic Vision Players. Speakers include local elected officials as well as representatives from the State of New Jersey Division of Children Protection and Permanency, Union County College’s Gay Straight Alliance, and Human Rights Campaign (Greater NY / New Jersey).
“In recent years, the LGBTQ movement has made considerable strides toward equality. It is important to acknowledge and celebrate the significant accomplishment of the United States Supreme Court marriage equality ruling of 2015,” said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella. “There remain issues, however, at the Federal and individual State levels that directly affect and create unique challenges for LGBTQ parents and children. As Union County’s first LGBTQ Pride event in recent history, the Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic demonstrates our support for LGBTQ allies, parents and children in our community.”
A celebration of all families, the free Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic will include arts and crafts (featuring a “LOVE Makes a Family” poster making station), inflatable bounce houses for all ages, face painting, music, family-friendly field day games (register online to be on a team) and much more.
Esteemed children’s music band, Michael and the Rockness Monsters will join in the day’s celebration with a live family concert starting at 2:30 P.M.
More than a dozen LGBTQ family and marriage equality advocacy and ally organizations will be on site all day with general information, as well as support and networking resources.
“Pride events matter because inequality is not always obvious. Union County’s pride event demonstrates the support for diversity and full equality,” said Chairman Bergen. “Marriage equality rights are in part the result of years of Pride events. The Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic brings advocates, allies, and families of the LGBTQ community together to celebrate individuality and raise awareness for the need to meet the equality challenges of the LGBTQ community.”
In the event of inclement weather the Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic will be held at the Warinanco Sports Center, Warinanco Park in Elizabeth/Roselle.
For more information visit ucnj.org/Pride, or find the UC Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic event page at Facebook.com/CountyOfUnion, or call the Union County Office of Parks and Recreation at 908-527-4900.”