Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has signed an executive order creating a 12-member LGBTQIA+ Pride Advisory Committee, where each member will serve a one-year term.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“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,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla, also a Democratic 8th District congressional candidate, said in a statement.
“Together, we will raise awareness, promote understanding, and ensure that Hoboken continues to be a fair and welcoming community where love knows no boundaries.”
The committee will be comprised of 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, and the city’s LGBTQIA+ liaison.
“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,” added LGBTQIA+ Liaison Laura Knittel.
“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.”
Hoboken community members interested in being considered for the committee can apply by clicking here.
The city 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.
2023 marked the sixth year in a row in which the city received the prestigious score, one of five New Jersey municipalities to do so.