JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The Hudson County Democratic Organization’s LGBTQ Caucus will celebrate Hudson County Pride Month by working with all 12 municipalities to embrace equality and build more inclusive communities. As part of the organization’s mission, the LGBTQ Caucus is launching its campaign to help each town achieve a perfect score with the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.
“When we officially launched our Caucus at the beginning of Pride Month, it was incredible to see our community respond to hate and discrimination by celebrating love and inclusiveness,” said LGBTQ Caucus Chairman and Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco. “I was proud to help Hoboken achieve a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index because no person should ever feel unwelcome in their own neighborhoods. As Chairman of the caucus, I am so excited to work with our entire organization to lead the way to better serve the LGBTQ community in Hudson County and one day soon achieve true equality.”
The Municipal Equality Index examines municipal laws, policies and services to ensure they properly serve the LGBTQ community. Cities receive a score based on non-discrimination laws, municipal services, law enforcement and a municipality’s public position on equality.
“The Hudson County Democratic Organization is committed to bringing people of all backgrounds together to ensure no one is left behind and every voice is being heard within our party,” said Hudson County Democratic Organization Chairwoman Amy DeGise. “Our LGBTQ Caucus has already done a tremendous job leading the conversation of acceptance and equality and I’m looking forward to working together to continue building communities that embrace inclusivity.”
With Hudson County celebrating its Pride Month in August, the LGBTQ Caucus is asking the mayors of all 12 towns to commit to putting his town on a path to achieving a perfect 100 score on the index. Jersey City and Hoboken are the only two Hudson County towns to have achieved a 100 rating in 2018.