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Old 06-04-2013, 09:22 PM
Location: The beautiful Garden State
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Originally Posted by nkb1723 View Post
we are considering moving to glen ridge from massachusetts. i am married to my wife (same sex couple) and we have two small boys - 2 and 4. do you have children in the school system? if so, are there kids with same sex parents? any other information you can tell me about the schools would be most helpful.
Glen Ridge has excellent schools. I don't know how gay-friendly GR is, but it is right next to Montclair, which is very gay-friendly. I doubt that you'd have any problems.

Here are some interesting articles:

Gay Ridge Resident is Marching to Washington as leader of Gay and Lesbian Band:

Nearby Maplewood is also gay-friendly:


This is an interesting article. BTW, "Baristaville" includes Montclair, GR, Maplewood, and Bloomfield.


You might find this link helpful:


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Old 06-04-2013, 10:24 PM
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Maplewood and South Orange (sister towns with a shared school district) are known for being gay-friendly, with many same-sex couples. In fact, I just got back from this event at the high school. Tyler Clementi was the Rutgers freshman who committed suicide after the webcam incidents at Rutgers. His parents have established a foundation in his name to address bullying in the schools.


A Conversation with the Clementis
Engaging Families: Turning Bystanders into Upstanders
Tues., June 4 – 7-9pm
Columbia High School auditorium, 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood, NJ

North Jersey Pride, in association with The Tyler Clementi Foundation, the Spectrum Club at Columbia High School, and GLSEN, invite you to a very special community discussion about bullying and ways to empower families to help our children.

Joe and Jane Clementi and The Tyler Clementi Foundation, along with other panelists, will host a conversation about what they experienced when their son Tyler committed suicide following a much publicized episode of bullying, and will talk about the journey they have been on to help other vulnerable youth who are struggling to reach a different outcome.
Engaging proactive conversations amongst youth, families and their extended communities is crucial to creating change. After a brief introduction of the Foundation, its work and how it came to be, TCF will be discussing the roles of bullying, opportunities for engaging the bystander as an effective strategy to combat bullying, and creating safe and inclusive environments for LGBT youth, vulnerable youth their families and their allies.

A Conversation with the Clementis | North Jersey Pride
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:28 PM
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Should have mentioned that the panel with the Clementis was part of North Jersey PrideFest, with events in Maplewood all week:


PrideFest: June 9th, 2013 North Jersey’s Family-Friendly PrideFest

June 9th, 2013
12pm-6pm (rain or shine!)
Memorial Park Amphitheater
124 Dunnell Road
Memorial Park
Maplewood, NJ

Now in its third year, the North Jersey Pride Festival is an experience. Our unique family-friendly event brings together LGBTQ folks and straight allies from all over the Garden State to celebrate diversity and promote equality. In each of its first two years, our festival more than doubled attendance. This year, enthusiasm is off the hook! Come with a blanket or some beach chairs and spread out on the lawn. Enjoy the fabulous show (and worry not about little ones, because ALL our entertainment is kid-proof). Browse the work of local artisans, shop our merchant vendors and sample fare from our famous Five-Star Food Court. And learn more about the wonderful LGBT and ally nonprofits that are doing important work in the community. It’s going to be an amazing day!

Entertainment. Learn more about our fantastic stage lineup of national and regional talent.

Kids’ Zone. The North Jersey Pride Festival is a family-friendly event. We have tons of fun planned for our youngest visitors.
Food Court. Our five-star food court is a highlight of the North Jersey Pride Festival. We showcase the best of our local eateries.

Vendors/Exhibitors. Our festival will have more than 60 vendors distributing information, selling wares and having fun! Learn more about how to be a part of Pride.

Sponsors. We six different levels of sponsorship and invite all small and large businesses to partner with North Jersey Pride.

Getting Here. Maplewood is conveniently located near trains, highways and bodies of water. Wherever you’re coming from, we can get you here.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:31 PM
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One other event, then I'll stop


Story Slam: I'm Comin Out!
Date: June 7th, 2013
Time: 8:00pm

As part of North Jersey Pride Week, Studio B will be cohosting a themed story slam. Bring your best five-minute tale of ANY coming out. Gay? Debutante? Undercover agent? All secrets revealed. We will choose ten names out of a hat to read. Feel free to come out and just listen too.

Story Slam is an open-to-the-public writing contest where brave storytellers bring their best 5-minute yarn. Then they put their name in a hat and hope to be called. Three literary agents will listen chuckle tear or snooze - depending on delivery. At the end of the night a winner will be announced. Bragging rights will be claimed.

PLEASE RSVP to events@northjerseypride.org. Must be 21+. Tix: $10/door.

See you there!

Address: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road
Town: Maplewood
Contact: Jenny Turner Hall events@northjerseypride.org
Website: Studio B
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