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Union County Hosts TEEN PRIDE Celebration for LGBTQ and Ally High School Students – June 14 in Rahway

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to partner with the Union County Performing Arts Center to host the second annual Union County Light Up The Night TEEN PRIDE event for LGBTQ and ally high school students on Friday, June 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hamilton Stage, located at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway.

The evening’s entertainment includes dancing, DJ, drag queen emcee, food and refreshment, comedy and much more.

Admittance for high school students only with valid high school I.D., parental consent, and advance ticket. No tickets sold at door. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at

“The Freeholder Board is proud to offer LGBTQ and ally teens from throughout Union County an opportunity to celebrate PRIDE in a space where all teens are welcome regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, how they dress, or any other reason,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “According to Human Rights Campaign, four out of ten LGBTQ youth say they live in a community that doesn’t accept their sexual orientation. The Freeholder Board is proud to support acceptance and inclusion among our young people.”

“Union County’s TEEN PRIDE provides an opportunity for diverse groups of LGBTQ students from different schools throughout Union County to celebrate their individuality together in an environment that affirms who they are,” said Freeholder Rebecca Williams, liaison to the Freeholder’s LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee. “We are proud to lead New Jersey’s County government in supporting the LGBTQ community with programs and services that directly impact quality of life.”

Teens are invited to glam it up, or come as you are to celebrate Pride! Come on your own, with a date, or with a group of friends to enjoy an affirming celebration that promotes equality amongst young people.

Security will uphold a strict no tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol. Bags will be checked upon arrival. High School Student ID, with parental consent and photo release, is required to be admitted with each ticket.

For more information about all PRIDE events and activities hosted by the Freeholder Board visit

Union County’s Pride month events are organized by the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, and presented in partnership with WellCare Health Plans, Xfinity and Atlantic Health System.

Union County’s TEEN PRIDE is presented with additional support from the City of Rahway and the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership.

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





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