The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites all residents and visitors to join in the celebration of Pride Month 2023, with our annual Pride Month Flag Raising and Pride in the Park Celebration.
“I am incredibly proud to be a part of a County that is inclusive to all and these events, in honor of Pride Month, serve as a powerful testament to the diversity, inclusivity, and unity that define our county,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “It is a moment for us to stand shoulder to shoulder, embracing and honoring the LGBTQ+ community and their invaluable contributions to our society. Together, let us continue to create a community where everyone can live authentically, free from discrimination or prejudice. Happy Pride!”
Sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and organized through the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, this month will kick off with the annual Union County Pride Flag Raising on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. at the Union County Courthouse, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth.
Later in the month, Union County Pride in the Park, will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Tëmike Park in Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield. This free, family-fun event will feature kick-ball tournaments, arts and crafts, games, a DJ & decades dance parties, food trucks, local non-profit organizations and informational tables, followed by an outdoor movie presentation of “Strange World” at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m.
Registration is required for teams looking to participate in the kickball tournaments at www.ucnj.org/lgbtq.
Union County’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs was established in 2018 under the Department of Economic Development. It is the first county government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey. It 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 Pride Month schedule updates and more information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, visit ucnj.org/LGBTQ.