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Union County Presents “Out in Union County, NJ: Queer Empowerment Hour

The Union County Board of County Commissioners are happy to announce the reintroduction of “OUT in Union County, NJ: Queer Empowerment Hour,” an exciting and informative virtual series hosted by Micayla Mirabella, in partnership with Union County’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs.

“We are proud to bring this exceptional program to our community, promoting open dialogue, fostering understanding, and celebrating the rich diversity within the LGBTQ+ community,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “This initiative falls in line with my 2023 Chairman theme of “Building a Stronger Union County,” with my “Equity and Inclusion” initiatives, which promote inclusivity and equality in Union County. This unique program aims to empower and educate individuals by providing a platform for engaging conversations with LGBTQ+ advocates, community leaders, and allies. I hope to see many of our residents participate.”

Queer Empowerment Hour, which began in 2020, promises an hour-long virtual dialogue that delves into LGBTQ+ specific topics, offering compelling stories and discussions involving queer individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. The series is open to all, emphasizing inclusivity and understanding within our community.

“When the County of Union originally launching the Queer Empowerment Hour in September 2020, we were overwhelmed by the positive response it received,” said Commissioner Al Mirabella. “I am very happy to see the program come back into fruition for another year and I encourage everyone interested to join these informative and interactive series.”

Each session begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be live streamed on the County of Union Facebook page. Any questions can be taken via the zoom and within the comments posted on Facebook.  The scheduled dates and topics are as follows:

September 20, 2023
An Introduction to the Queer Community

October 11, 2023
Reclaiming Our Narratives
A Dive into LGBTQ+ History

December 13, 2023
Pronouns Matter
Embracing Acceptance through Inclusive Language

January 17, 2024
Proud and Serving
Exploring LGBTQ+ Experiences in the Military

February 21, 2024
Amplifying Black LGBTQ+ Voices
Honoring & Celebrating Heritage, Contributions & Resilience

March 13, 2024
Unveiling Hidden Narratives
Celebrating the Trials & Triumphs of Queer Women in History

April 17, 2024
Healing with Equality
LGBTQ+ Accessible and Affirming Healthcare

May 8, 2024
Passing the Torch
LGBTQ+ Elders Reflect on the Past & Guide the Next Generation

“Now more than ever, it is important to have events/seminars like these,” said Commissioner Rebecca Williams. “While we celebrate progress and inclusivity in our own community, we must also acknowledge the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ movements across the nation. It is important to discuss these topics and I truly hope all of our residents take part in these conversations and show their support and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.”

To participate in these enlightening conversations, individuals are required to register online at

For more information about this event, please contact the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs at 908-527-4897 or visit our website at