Hudson Pride Announces Grand Marshall for 2011 LGBT Pride Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 19, 2011

Hudson Pride Connection Center
32 Jones Street, Jersey City NJ 07306
201-963-4779, Fax 201-963-7983
info@hudsonpride.org
www.hudsonpride.org

 

HUDSON PRIDE ANNOUNCES GRAND MARSHALL FOR 2011 LGBT PRIDE FESTIVAL

Babs Siperstein, Jersey City native and national Democratic leader, to lead LGBT Pride Parade

JERSEY CITY, NJ — Barbra “Babs” Casbar Siperstein has been chosen as the very first Grand Marshall for the Hudson County LGBT Pride Festival.  The selection was announced today by Hudson Pride Connections Center, organizers of the 2011 parade and festival.

Siperstein, a Jersey City native, is a respected leader in the national Democratic Party and a trailblazer for transgender rights and visibility.  Receiving the honor, Siperstein said: “I am humbled and honored to return to Jersey City as Grand Marshall of Hudson Pride Festival and Parade. It is my hope that, in some small way, I can help educate and inspire our LGBT community to empower itself and shake away the burden of social stigma created by ignorance and fear. If we all can have some fun in accomplishing that, it will be all the better!”

Siperstein has made great strides in political and legislative arenas, becoming New Jersey’s only “out” elected LGBT voting delegate in the 2004 Democratic National Convention and its first transgender delegate. In September, 2009 she was nominated and confirmed as an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee, also becoming its first transgender member.  She has been frequently recognized for her activism in the LGBT community. In 2004, she was a recipient of the NJ Personal Liberty Fund’s Honors Award. In 2006, she received the Trenton Gay and Lesbian Civic Association (TGLCA) Triangle Award. In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, she was named one of the 40 Trans Heroes by the Imperial Court Council and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2009.

Nancy Caamaño, Executive Director of Hudson Pride Connections Center, said: “Babs Siperstein is an out and proud LGBT hero who has achieved extraordinary success on the national stage.  She is a role model for our community, and we are delighted that she will be leading our celebrations as Grand Marshall.”

In addition to her prominent role in our parade, Siperstein will be honored at the Grand Marshall’s reception being held on Thursday August 18th from 6pm – 9pm at Hudson Pride Connections Center, 32 Jones Street Jersey City NJ.  The evening will feature refreshments, music, a silent auction and a raffle.

Hudson Pride Connections Center, a 501c3 community organization founded in 1993, exists to bridge the gap in services and respond to the unmet needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender community, as well as HIV positive people of any orientation or identity, through supportive social services, prevention, outreach, advocacy and development trainings for other service providers, to educate, empower, and unite all of our communities.  For more information, visit: www.hudsonpride.org.

Hudson Pride Connections Center Appoints Jonathan Lucas Director of Operations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hudson Pride Connections Center
32 Jones Street, Jersey City NJ 07306
(201) 963-4779, Fax (201) 963-7983
info@hudsonpride.org
www.hudsonpride.org
 

Nancy Caamaño, Executive Director

 

Hudson Pride Connections Center Appoints Jonathan Lucas Director of Operations

JERSEY CITY (July 11th, 2011) — The Board of Directors of Hudson Pride Connections Center announced today that Jonathan Lucas has been appointed Director of Operations, a new executive level position. By creating a second executive level staff position, the Board has laid the groundwork to realize a reinvigorated strategic vision for the organization.

David Bimbi, Chair of the Hudson Pride Connections Center Board, said, “The Board is thrilled to have two amazing professionals leading our staff. Nancy Caamaño is one of the youngest directors of an LGBT center in the country, and it shows in the energy and vision she pours into our work. Jonathan brings years of experience that, in concert with Nancy’s strong leadership, will help bring Hudson Pride to a new level of service to our community.”

Nancy Caamaño, Executive Director of Hudson Pride Connections Center, stated, “Jon Lucas is a dedicated professional whose experience is already making a significant contribution to our work. I am very pleased to welcome him to our executive team.”

When Hudson Pride took on the work of organizing this year’s Hudson Pride Festival in Jersey City, the Board knew that the organization had entered a new and exciting chapter in its history. Hudson Pride is now one of the only LGBT Centers in the country that not only organizes the Pride celebration, but also provides the array of services associated with a community center. The addition of another executive level position will help the organization realize the promise of this moment.

As Director of Operations, Lucas will focus on consolidating and strengthening the core services of the organization, including support to LGBT youth and seniors, as well as HIV prevention and referral. Lucas will also continue to build the Center’s role as the hub of LGBT activity in Hudson County, and will continue to develop strategic partnerships with LGBT cultural and political organizations. His work will allow Caamaño to focus on diversifying the organization’s fundraising and on completing preparations for the Pride Festival being held on Saturday, August 27th at Exchange Place in Jersey City. .

Lucas brings to this position years of experience as a market research and information management executive, who has a strong record of success in leading marketing, sales and technology teams to improved decision-making based on sound analytics, new customer insights, and market trends. He has spent the past seven years at Pfizer Specialty Pharmaceuticals, where he worked first as Director of Information Science and then for four years as Director of Market Analytics. For the past year, Lucas has served on the Board of Directors at Hudson Pride Connections Center. He has taken a leave of absence from the Board in order to step in to the Director of Operations role for the Center. A Jersey City resident for the past 5 years, Lucas is thrilled to offer his expertise to an organization that provides much needed services in his own backyard

Hudson Pride Connections Center, a 501c3 community organization founded in 1993, exists to bridge the gap in services and respond to the unmet needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender community, as well as HIV positive people of any orientation or identity, through supportive social services, prevention, outreach, advocacy and development trainings for other service providers, to educate, empower, and unite all of our communities. For more information, visit: www.hudsonpride.org.