Celebrating LGBT Pride at the Jersey Shore
June 9, 2010
Jersey? Shore! It was great to head up to the Jersey Shore this past weekend with my youngest son to be on-hand for Asbury Park Pride. The 5,000+ attendees were there to protest, party, advocate, demonstrate or represent. The crowd was diverse in every way, but the message was clear: New Jersey is a place where the GLBT community is large, growing, and living life more openly. On the stage the crowd heard from Congressman Frank Pallone, Army veteran Robert Smith who spoke about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and a bit too many Lady Gaga lip-synchers. Asbury Park, and neighboring Ocean Grove are Jersey Shore communities where GLBT community members are well-integrated into the larger community. The folks at the HRC table gave away a lot of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell dog-tags, but my son liked the Gay Bowling Association’s rainbow licorice the best.