Residents Invited to a Pride Month Event June 24 (Virtual)

Posted on June 14, 2021

The virtual event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24

In celebration of Pride Month, the Somerset County LGBTQ+ Advisory Board will host a virtual event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, titled “LGBTQ+ History Through Storytelling – An Evening of Living History from Those Who Live it Every Day.” To register for the program, visit:

“Somerset County values diversity and inclusivity. During Pride Month, we remember the trials the LGBTQ+ community has endured over time, and we recognize the trailblazing individuals, including the event’s speakers, who continue to fight for full equality,” said Commissioner Melonie Marano, liaison to the LGBTQ+ Advisory Board. “We invite residents to join us on June 24 to learn more.”

The Keynote speaker, Aaron Barthold, is a BA/MA student in the Federated History Department at Rutgers University who is researching LGBTQ+ history between the late 1800’s and early 21st century. He is also the Trans and Gender Non-Binary Graduate Coordinator at the Intercultural Center at Rutgers Newark and is working on centralizing a Trans/GNB and LGBQ+ resource list for the benefit of the campus and surrounding community.

Other speakers will include Karen Carroll, Judy Naturale, Charles Elder and Gordon Sauer, who represents Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders and the Gay Activist Alliance in Morris County.

In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, the Board of County Commissioners urge residents to recognize the cultural, civic and economic contributions of the LGBTQ+ community and to actively promote the principles of equality, liberty, and justice.

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Source: Somerset County Office of Public Info