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Union County to Host GLAAD LGBTQ Accelerating Acceptance Training Course on May 24

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to host GLAAD Media Institute’s ‘Engagement 101’ accelerating acceptance training course free for anyone who wants to build the core skills and communication techniques that influence positive cultural change toward acceptance and inclusion.

Presented in collaboration with Union County’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, GLAAD Media Institute will bring their popular ‘Engagement 101 Telling Your Story: Messaging and Media Tools For Today’s Activists’ course to the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth on Friday, May 24 from 9:30AM until 3:30PM. Registration is free and required online at

“The Freeholder Board is honored to partner with GLAAD to empower equality advocates in our community to raise their voices and take the case for inclusion and acceptance to the Union County community, and beyond,” said Freeholder Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski.

Using the best practices, tools, and communications techniques they’ve perfected over the past 30 years, the GLAAD Media Institute turns education into armor for today’s culture war—transforming individuals into compelling storytellers, media-savvy navigators, and mighty ambassadors whose voices break through the noise and incite real change.

Join us on Friday, May 24 for Engagement 101. In this free course, participants will learn how to get a message of inclusion and acceptance across effectively. Equipped with GLAAD’s Accelerating Acceptance data, the GLAAD Media Institute will work with you to reach and teach the movable middle about the LGBTQ community through a personal lens, yours. Topics include LGBTQ acceptance, understanding media mentality, speaking to your audience, messaging and framing the issue, social media basics, and interview techniques.

“One of the most effective way to awareness, understanding and acceptance is by sharing personal stories and experiences,” said Freeholder Rebecca Williams, liaison to the Union County LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee. “The GLAAD Engagement 101 course is an important opportunity for LGBTQ individuals and allies to increase the impact of their voice and influence change.”

Union County’s 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.

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs provides 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