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Out Montclair Launches as a Non-Profit Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community

by Victoria Marie Moyeno
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On Monday, April 12th, local leaders in the Monclair community announced the launch of Out Montclair, a 501{c}{3} non-profit that was created with the mission to foster community with and provide support and solidarity for the LGBTQIA+ community of Montclair. Read on to learn more about Out Montclair, its mission, and how you can help.

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According to its website, Out Montclair will offer educational, social, and leisure activities and events to support and promote inclusivity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, non-binary, and gender-fluid youth and adults, according to the press release. It aims to be a safe space where the LGBTQIA+ community and allies can connect.

Out Montclair’s first event will be an April 27th panel discussion on gender and pronoun terminology, led by Montclair Councilor-At-Large Peter Yacobellis, Garden State Equality’s Jahmila Smith, and Celeste Fiore of the Trans Affirming Alliance. Sign up here.

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“Montclair has a strong reputation for being a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community. But we felt that there should be a community organization that gives people a safe space where we and our allies can come together and celebrate who we are – one that can offer all types of activities and events to support and promote inclusivity and community,” said Peter Yacobellis, President of Out Montclair and Township Council Member.

“Imagine public educational programs, a Montclair Pride Festival, special outings for seniors, youth programming, recreational and other events. There is so much we can and will do and this incredible team and I are very excited to get started. We hope you’ll join us,” Yacobellis said.

“We need a Pride Festival in Montclair”, he continued. “The team and I have been discussing everything from a sound stage to incorporation of the arts to food and beverage to resource booths. We see so much incredible synergy with existing organizations both in town and even nationally when you look at some of our Advisory Board members. I really can’t wait to begin those dialogues about how to create an incredible Pride Festival, worthy of this community.”

To stay up to date, sign up for Out Montclair’s newsletter.

To volunteer, email info@outmontclair.org. To pledge a donation, see here.

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