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Union County Hosts 3rd Annual LGBTQ Pride Event

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce Union County PRIDE 2019, scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. at Rahway River Park in Rahway. Admission is free to this inclusive and affirming celebration of family, equality, diversity and empowering acceptance.

All are welcome to pack a picnic, a blanket or lawn chairs and head out to the park for an afternoon of fun.

“Union County PRIDE brings families in the diverse LGBTQ community together with all families who value inclusion and acceptance,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “This annual celebration is our signature event for demonstrating that our community is one of equal rights and respect for all families.”

Union County PRIDE 2019 will include a full schedule of entertainment and activities including PRIDE-themed arts and crafts, family lawn games, inflatable bounce houses, playground fun, and many other family activities.

An Equality Rally featuring New Jersey’s own Drag Queen Harmonica Sunbeam as emcee will kick off at 2:30 p.m. with special guest speakers and performances.

Throughout the event, LGBTQ advocacy and ally organizations will be on site with information and educational materials, as well as support and networking resources.

“Pride events make a difference,” said Freeholder Rebecca Williams, liaison to the Union County LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee. “In addition to celebrating diversity, they raise awareness of existing inequalities and provide a platform to support legislation and civic action. I am very proud of my colleagues on the Freeholder Board for inaugurating Union County’s first PRIDE event in 2017, and continuing to support it every year.”

Union County PRIDE 2019 is organized by Union County’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs, under the Department of Economic Development, was established by the Freeholder Board in 2018 and is the first and only county government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey and offers a platform for leadership and collaboration to support equality, and serves as a catalyst for advocacy, awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.

For more information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, contact Danni Newbury, Coordinator, at 908-527-4742 or or visit


For more information about Union County PRIDE 2019 visit, or find the Union County PRIDE 2019 event page at, or call the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-527-4900.


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