Photo Courtesy of City of Hoboken

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla today signed an executive order creating the Hoboken Pride Advisory Committee.   The committee will be dedicated to raising awareness of LGBTQIA+ community issues in the Mile Square City.  The intended goal is to “foster a culture of acceptance, enhancing the pride community within the City, and promoting inclusiveness for all individuals.”

In a statement the Mayor said, “In our city, diversity is our strength, and inclusivity is our priority.  That is why today I signed an executive order creating the City’s Pride Advisory Committee which will play a pivotal role in shaping policies that embrace the LGBTQIA+ community, ensuring that Hoboken is a city where everyone is not only accepted but celebrated. Together, we will raise awareness, promote understanding, and ensure that Hoboken continues to be a fair and welcoming community where love knows no boundaries.”  

LGBTQIA Liaison Laura Knittel added, “As Hoboken continues to evolve, it has become a vibrant hub for a diverse range of individuals, including a growing LGBTQIA+ community. As our city expands, so does our commitment to enhancing representation in our Pride events and programs. Our ongoing dedication to fostering inclusivity, respect, equality, and intersectionality remains unwavering. A heartfelt thank you extends to all our friends and allies whose support makes these efforts possible. I look forward to working with more of you in the days ahead.” 

As per the Mayor’s executive order, the structure of the twelve member committee will be as follows:

  • A City Council representative appointed by the mayor
  • Two council appointees
  • A municipal employee
  • Two Hoboken business owners
  • Two Mayoral appointees
  • A Public Safety Department appointee
  • An educational appointee
  • An appointee from the local faith community
  • The City’s LGBTQIA+ liaison.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       As per the executive order, committee members would serve for the length of the mayor’s term in office.  Any community members who are interested in being considered for a committee position, can apply online by clicking HERE. 

Hoboken recently received a perfect 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Municipal Equality Index’s (MEI), annual examination of more than 500 municipalities across the United States relating to LGBTQ+ laws and policies.  Hoboken is one of just five New Jersey municipalities to receive a perfect rating.  Last year was the sixth consecutive year Hoboken garnered the score.

Since Bhalla became Mayor, the City has created an LGBTQ+ community liaison for both the City and the Hoboken Police Department; mandated that all single occupancy restrooms be gender neutral; and adopted an executive order preventing discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups for City contractors.