Photos: Jersey City PRIDE Festival takes over city hall Saturday

The Jersey Journal via
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jersey City’s pride was on display Saturday.
The annual Jersey City PRIDE Festival was held in front of city hall today. In its 14th year, the festival drew thousands to Grove Street.
Hudson Pride Connections Center and Humanity Pride Productions co-hosted the event, and the official co-chairs were Elizabeth Schedl, Jonathan Lucas, and Eddie Baez. More than 30 vendors set up on Grove Street between Montgomery and Mercer streets, and city hall was draped with the colors of the pride flag.

Check out some of the sights and scenes from the festival in the photo gallery (link below)

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CHICpeaJC: Hudson Pride Center

CHICpeaJC: Fashion, food, fun, and and all things awesome in Jersey City

We went to visit the Hudson Pride Center in the JSQ area and sat down to chat with Jon and Liz, two amazing human beings who dedicate their lives to helping people in the community.

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Hudson Pride’s Jeffrey Campbell talks LGBT issues, ‘closeted politicians’

From Hudson County View
Monday, June 30, 2014

VIDEO: Hudson Pride Executive Director Jeffrey Campbell sat down with Hudson County View to discuss his organization, “closeted politicians,” and issues facing the LGBT community.

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The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation’s LGBT Affinity Group’s Contribution to HPCC

Hudson Pride Connections Center executive director, W. Jeffrey Campbell stands with members of the The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation’s LGBT Affinity Group after receiving a contribution from the group in the amount of $1100.00. Also pictured is Jersey City resident and The Imperial Court’s Empress XXIV Farrah Moans.

The presentation was made to Campbell during the group’s National Coming Out Day reception held at the Skylark in Jersey City.


Thousands attend 13th Annual Gay Pride Festival at Exchange Place

From The Jersey Journal via
Monday, August 26, 2013

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their friends, relatives and allies gathered at Exchange Place on the Jersey City waterfront Saturday to participate in the city’s 13th Annual Gay Pride Festival.

Jeffrey Campbell, executive director of the Hudson Pride Connections Center, one of the organizers of the festival, said the event was not only a party, but also a time to discuss issues confronting the LGBT community, such as hate crimes and marriage equality.

“We’re lifting those types of conversations,” he said.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, speaking briefly from a makeshift stage near the Katyn Memorial, said Jersey City has the largest LGBT community in the state and called for marriage equality.

“We are proud, excited, and motivated you are here today,” he said. “New Jersey should be a progressive state, but unfortunately we didn’t follow through on marriage equality.”

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Next Saturday is Jersey City Gay Pride festival Day

From Out in Jersey
Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Jersey City Gay Pride Festival will be held on August 24, 2013 at Exchange Place in Jersey City on the Hudson River waterfront. It is hosted by Hudson Pride Connections Center and Humanity Pride. According to co-chairs, Jonathan P. Lucas and Michael Billy, Jersey City Pride has been one of the most dynamic LGBT celebrations in the state of New Jersey.

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Hudson Pride Director Cheers Gay-Marriage Rulings

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal via
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The leader of Hudson County’s gay community center is “ecstatic” over two landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings from this morning that expand rights for gay couples across the nation, and particularly in California.

W. Jeffrey Campbell, 47, executive director of Hudson Pride Connections Center, said he had been fearful of the high court’s decision yesterday after it invalidated a portion of the Voting Rights Act.

“I really did not know what today was going to bring, but I had hope that the justices would rule on the side of justice,” said Campbell. “My prayers have been answered.”

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Jonathan Lucas Elected Board Chair of Hudson Pride Connections Center

Jonathan Lucas Elected Board Chair of Hudson Pride Connections Center

Hudson County’s LGBT Center Positioned for Growth

JERSEY CITY – Hudson Pride Connections Center announced today that Jonathan Lucas has been elected to chair the organization’s Board of Directors, succeeding Liz Edman.  Lucas has served the organization for almost three years, both as a board member and as Interim Executive Director from October 2011 to August 2012.

Edman’s relationship to Hudson Pride extends back to its founding in 1993.  She has stepped down from the board to attend to several important changes in her life, including a significantly increased role at her church, All Saints Episcopal in Hoboken, where she has recently been named Associate Rector.

“It has been an honor to serve the LGBT community through Hudson Pride,” said Edman.  “We have been planning this transition for months, and the time is now. Jonathan is a proven and capable leader who has terrific ideas for growing the board, developing our fundraising, and strengthening the Center.”

With Edman as board chair, Hudson Pride solidified its leadership of the annual LGBT Pride festival at Exchange Place and conducted a national search that led to the hiring of W. Jeffrey Campbell as Executive Director last fall.

Lucas said, “Liz has played a major role in preparing Hudson Pride for significant growth. We will miss her presence, but will always be appreciative of her many years of service and contributions.  We wish her the very best.”

Hudson Pride is a home and voice for the diverse LGBTQ community and our allies that advocates for our physical, mental, social and political well-being.  We create safe and vibrant spaces to gather and celebrate our lives.


Over the Rainbow – Hudson Pride Has New Executive Director

From Hudson Reporter – Jersey City Magazine
Friday, April 5, 2013

jeffrey-articleBack in the day, gay people found one another through a kind of underground GPS. Word would get around that there was a party at a private home, and when you arrived, the place would be packed. It was fun, but times have changed.

A robust marriage-equality movement has brought same-sex marriage to nine states and the District of Columbia. Though our sister states in the Tri-State area—Connecticut and New York—have legalized same-sex marriage, our own state lags behind.

That puts the focus on New Jersey—and Hudson County’s gay community in particular—which is right across the river from New York’s. On October 31, 2011, Nancy Caamaño, executive director, Hudson Pride Connections Center, stepped down. She had served the organization—at 32 Jones St. in Journal Square—in various capacities since 2006. At that time, Board Treasurer Jonathan Lucas stepped in as interim executive director.

Enter W. Jeffrey Campbell, who came all the way from Houston to take the helm of the center, which serves the needs of the LGBT community in Hudson County. How did Campbell end up in Hudson County? His partner was working in higher education in New Jersey, so it made sense for Campbell to become a “trailing spouse.”

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Jersey City Gay Group Quizzes Mayor on Running Mate

From The Jersey Journal via
March 19, 2013

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy was peppered with questions about a running mate’s belief system last week at a campaign stop intended to attract lesbian and gay votes.

The Rev. Mario Gonzalez is running to be councilman in the Heights on Healy’s ticket. Gonzalez is a minister in the Assemblies of God Church, which among other teachings preaches that homosexuality is a sin and a choice that can be treated.

The Assemblies of God church also calls abortion “evil” and dubs feminism “an organized platform to degrade, bash, and hate men.”

Several people raised questions about Gonzalez’s beliefs last Tuesday at a meeting hosted by members of the city’s LGBT community at the Hudson Pride Connections Center on Jones Street.

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