TRENTON — Garden State Equality announced its new executive director Monday. Christian Fuscarino, founder and community organizer at the The Pride Network, will be taking the helm at the LGBT advocacy group. Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) and Senate president Steve Sweeney (D-3) all voiced their support for Fuscarino and the GSE following the announcement.
“With the increasingly inflammatory rhetoric we see in today’s political discourse, it is even more important than ever that we have organizations like Garden State Equality on the front lines fighting on behalf of New Jersey’s LGBT community,” said Booker. “All people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. That is why I have been committed to fighting for LGBT rights, from introducing comprehensive federal legislation to ban discrimination against LGBT Americans, to condemning the use of conversion therapy, to taking steps to oppose North Carolina’s recent move to legalize and institutionalize discrimination against the LGBT community. I applaud Christian for his tireless commitment to the LGBT community, and I look forward to working with him in his new role as we strive towards liberty and justice for all.”
“Christian has been a tireless advocate for LGBT rights for years and his efforts have advanced equality in New Jersey and throughout the country,” said Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06). “Christian knows as well as anyone that while we have made tremendous progress in recent years, we still have a great deal of work to do. Discriminatory laws in North Carolina and Mississippi remind us that the struggle for equality is an ongoing process and I know that Christian will help lead the fight against discrimination as Executive Director of Garden State Equality. I look forward to working with him so that all Americans, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, are entitled to the same protections under the law.”
“As we are witnessing now in other states where discriminatory acts are being advanced and advocated for, the fight against intolerance and prejudice is clearly far from over,” said Sweeney. “We have made great progress in New Jersey, marriage equality is an example of that, and we will continue to fight for policies that provide equal protection under the law for everyone. I look forward to continuing to work withGarden State Equality and with Christian.”