Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III and the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced the formation of the County’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Advisory Committee. This announcement coincides with LGBT Pride Month and the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall riots (considered the start of the gay rights movement in the United States). Bergen County’s LGBT Advisory Committee would be one of only 2 such county committees in the State.
“I frequently say that Bergen County’s greatest strength is our diversity,” said Tedesco. “Among the many different groups that call New Jersey’s largest county home, each group has unique perspectives and insight to share with the broader community. The inclusion of these diverse voices can help guide thoughtful public policy, and contributes to a stronger, more inclusive government. At a time of rapid change with respect to LGBT recognition and rights across the U.S., it is important to ensure that Bergen County’s LGBT community has a formal voice in county government.”
“In this county of almost a million people, giving the LGBT community, their friends, families, and allies a formal voice in county government is a win-win,” said Freeholder Tracy Zur. “This committee will be indispensable in bringing forth the concerns, issues, and questions that affect LGBT individuals in Bergen County.”
Tedesco indicated that an ordinance to create the LGBT Advisory Committee will be sent to the Freeholders for adoption, after which appointments can be made to fill the committee. Following the establishment of the LGBT Advisory Committee, applications to serve as a member of the committee will be available to Bergen County residents on the county’s website.