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Support Group Facebook Page: facebook.com/apirainbowparents
About: Support group by PFLAG oriented to the East Asian and Pacific Islander community. In partnership with PFLAG, Asian Pride Project produces media which “celebrates the journeys, triumphs and struggles of LGBTQ individuals and our Asian and Pacific Islander (API) families and communities. We seek to capture these stories by using the arts – film, video, photography and the written word – as a medium for social justice and advocacy in the LGBTQ realm.”
About: “Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies was conceived in 2017 for South Asian families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals to learn about LGBTQ+ issues, find community with one another and learn how to better support their loved ones. We serve Desi individuals and families who trace their origins to South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Our mission is to foster understanding and acceptance among families, with the goal of affirming and celebrating our LGBTQ+ loved ones.”
The group has had events in New York City, and now offers support and other opportunities via Zoom.
Contact: Rev. Dr. Antonio Torrence
Address: 6 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039
About: “This is the first church that I am proud to pastor openly as a gay African American man,” said Rev. Dr. Antonio Torrence in 2021. The Federated Church is “An Open and Affirming Christian Community” and maintains affiliations with the American Baptist and the United Church of Christ.
Contact Person: Rev. Dan Martian
Address: 271 W Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039
About: In line with national policies permitting same-sex marriage, ordination of LGBTQIA+ ministers, and equality; the Presbyterian Church of Livingston supports the LGBT community in town. Rev. Dan Martian proudly serves on the town’s Pride subcommittee, in addition to the Livingston Clergy Association.
About: “[Temple Beth Shalom] supports the full inclusion and participation of all people in religious and communal life.” Rabbi Simeon Cohen sung at Livingston Pride in 2021.
Address: 300 E Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039
About: “Our congregation has approximately 800 member units, including individuals, couples and single and dual head of household families. We welcome interfaith and LGBTQ families and individuals.”
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