In celebration of Pride Month 2022, Union County residents of all ages are invited to attend the 2022 SAGE Table LGBTQ Community Lunch, a free intergenerational event sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners in partnership with SAGE and the City of Plainfield. The event will take place on Sunday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. at the Plainfield Performing Arts Center, located at 724 Park Avenue in Plainfield.
Attendance is free of charge but pre-registration is required online through the Union County Office of LGBTQ affairs, at ucnj.org/lgbtq.
“The Community Lunch is a welcoming, joyous event that engages young and old alike to combine their unique energy and their personal stories to inspire, empower, and build new community connections,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.
“Sharing a meal is a time-honored way to relax and enjoy new companions in a social setting, and we are very proud to partner with SAGE and the City of Plainfield in this event,” said Commissioner Alexander Mirabella, the Commissioner Board liaison to the Union County LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee.
The Union County event is part of a program under the national SAGE organization, designed to draw the community closer together to share their story and a meal.
The program started in 2017 as a way to fighting isolation in the LGBTQ+ community through the power of intergenerational connections.
Poet Nourish Cruz will be the featured guest at the Union County SAGE Table LGBTQ Community Lunch, to offer stories through poetry and welcome attendees to share their experiences.
Attendees are welcome to share their stories in any way they choose. They can speak extemporaneously, read entries from a journal, or share short stories and poems of their own composition or written by others. All ages are encouraged to share and participate.
Nourish Cruz is an author and LGBTQIA and diversity advocate. Poetry samples are available online at vocal.media/authors/nourish-cruz.
SAGE is a national advocacy and services organization for LGBTQ+ elders, building welcoming communities and keeping LGBTQ+ issues in the national conversation since 1978. More information is available at sageusa.org.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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