The Beginning of the Road
In July, the first Newark Gay Pride is held in Military Park under the direction of founder June Dowell-Burton. A series of related events also occur as part of the city’s first Pride Week.
A Partnership Forms
With the support of Mayor-Elect Cory Booker, Municipal Council and Essex County, the rainbow flag is raised for the first time in Newark in front of the Essex County Court as part of Pride Week.
A First for Newark
Mayor Cory Booker, Councilwoman Dana Rone, June Dowell-Burton, and Reverend Janyce Jackson raise the rainbow flag at the entrance to Newark City Hall for the first time ever in Newark to commemorate the beginning of Pride Week.
Say Her Name
Filmmaker Charles “Chas” Brack directs and produces “Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Story” and along with Sakia’s family members, begins to carry her name from Newark to other spaces around the world.
A First for New Jersey
Newark becomes the first city in the state to form an LGBTQ Advisory Concerns Commission. “Dreams Deferred” screens at 35th Annual Newark Black Film Festival hosted by the Newark Museum.
A Council of Our Own
Essex County Executive, Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. establishes the Essex County LGBTQ Advisory Council.
Where Education Meets Community
- Newark Pride Alliance and the Hetrick-Martin Institute launch HMI To Go – an after-school LGBTQ program, realizing one of the official promises made after the death of Sakia Gunn.
- Rutgers University launches “Queer Newark: Oral History Project” to share and record the stories of three generations of LGBTQ Newark residents.
- President Barack Obama invites Newark Gay Pride to the inaugural LGBT Pride month reception at the White House on June 29th.
And a Child Shall Lead Them
The Newark LGBTQ Commission and Newark’s Youth Policy LGBTQ youth sub-committee publish an LGBTQ Youth Position paper providing recommendations for creating a safer and more supportive environment for LGBTQ youth throughout the city. Mayor Cory Booker endorses the paper.
At the Center of the Community
The Newark LGBTQ Community Center is created as the product of a collaboration between existing groups serving Newark’s LGBTQ Community.
A Chamber Comes to Newark
The New Jersey LGBT Chamber is created and established its 2014 headquarters in Newark.
10 Years of Celebration & Service
Newark Gay Pride celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
Growth in the Wake of Revitalization
- Annual festival returned to Military Park.
- Newark Pride Parade down Broad Street for the first time or mention Tracey Africa.
- Marched from City Hall where our flag hung. 2 floats and 200 participants.