Just because there’s a pandemic doesn’t mean Hudson County isn’t celebrating LGBTQ+ residents during Pride Month.
This year, events shifted from live to primarily streamed digital ones.
Lit up in Jersey City
Jersey City has been celebrating all month with virtual story slams, Pride Divas Salsa Brunch, Art House Productions’ Intersections: Pride+ Prejudice+ Pandemic, and the Pride Flag raising on Aug. 19.
City Hall is decked out with rainbow lighting every evening.
Art House Productions will host Virtual Drag Bingo with Harmonica Sunbeam on Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. on Zoom.
It’s $12 per Bingo board, with prizes for the winners.
To register go to https://preview.tinyurl.com/pridebingojc Boards will be emailed after registration.
On Aug. 21 Bike JC will host a socially-distanced Light Up Pride Night Ride.
Riders are encouraged to decorate and light up their bikes, gathering at 7:30 p.m. at the Grove Street PATH Station. Face covers are required. Tickets are $7.
Funds will support Pride festival programming and the Hudson Pride Center.
To purchase a ticket go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/light-up-pride-night-ride-tickets-115701970709?aff=efbeventtix
The 20th annual Jersey City LGBTQ+ Pride Festival is Aug. 22 from 1 to 7 p.m. Live and virtual components include MC Harmonica Sunbeam, DJ Skittlez, and DJ Mike Cruz.
Performers include AAliyah Martinez, Anida Tension, Droze, Jennifer Love Williams, Kimmy Summony, Lady Keyonte, Leilani, Lillian Bustle, Lovari, Radha, Sheila Noxzema, Stella Luna, and Vanity Ray.
Mayor Steven Fulop, Gov. Phil Murphy, Marti Gould Cummings will be on hand.
To learn more, go to https://jerseycitypride.com/.
Bayonne’s Pride over Broadway
Between Pride Month in June and celebrations in August, Bayonne’s streetlamps have been decked out with Pride flags.
Flags were installed beneath American flags on Broadway from 30th Street to 17th Street.
Traditionally, the city has held a Pride flag raising at city hall in August, but a date has not yet been set because the city is waiting to coordinate with appropriate groups.
The city has taken steps to establish LGBTQ-inclusive policies such as working with the Hudson Pride Center.
Last year, Bayonne Medical Center and Hudson Pride held an “Open Minds, Open Hearts,” Open Mic” event at Shorty’s. Musicians, comedians, poets, and spoken word artists turned out.
COVID-19 has precluded these kinds of in-person events.
Hoboken partners for Pride
Hoboken partnered with the Hoboken Public Library for Pride events.
On Aug. 17 the library held Drag Queen Story Hour with Harmonica Sunbeam on Facebook Live.
According to the library, the story hour teaches children about gender diversity and all forms of difference to build empathy and give kids the confidence to express themselves.
On Aug. 29 the library will also host Pride OUT Loud on Zoom with guest host Dujuana Sharese, a spoken word artist, workshop facilitator, voice-over actor, master of ceremonies, and performer.
Attendees can collectively write a poem, and a performer will read the piece.
At a flag raising, Hoboken will debut its new Progress Pride Flag.
It includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalized LGBT communities of color, along with pink, light blue, and white, the colors of the Transgender Pride Flag.
Flags fly in North Hudson
In Guttenberg, a Pride flag raising ceremony will be held on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. at town hall, 6808 Park Ave., followed by a happy hour in support of the Hudson Pride Center, at LOTUS, 7007 Park.
Mayor Brian P. Stack and the Union City Board of Commissioners held Union City’s Pride Celebration on Aug. 14 at 15th St. and New York Ave. from 6 to 10 p.m. At noon, a Pride Flag Raising ceremony was held at Washington Park, at 2nd St. and New York Ave.
Live entertainment, activities for children, free hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy were featured.
West New York Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez and the Board of Commissioners raised the Pride flag in conjunction with the Weehawken American Legion and Hudson Pride Center. Weehawken held a flag raising ceremony in June.
“The fight is still not over, but we must remember that love will win,” the Town of West New York said in a statement.
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