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Jeannine Frisby LaRue. (Photo: Jeannine Frisby LaRue).

LaRue named chair of Garden State Equality

By David Wildstein, July 28 2022 2:04 pm

Jeannine Frisby LaRue, a barrier-breaking fixture in New Jersey politics since the 1980s, is the new board chair of the Garden State Equality Action Fund, the state’s most influential LGBTQ+ advocacy organization.

LaRue will succeed Bryan Epps, who is stepping down after two years.

“I look forward to continuing our work to preserve and advance LGBTQ+ rights in New Jersey, especially as attacks against our communities ramp up nationwide,” LaRue said.

A senior vice president at Kaufman Zita Group, a top Trenton lobbying firm, LaRue began her career as a public school teacher and won races for the school board and township council in Winslow.

Gov. Jim Florio nominated her to serve on the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1991.  She later served as vice president of governmental affairs for the St. Barnabas Health Care Systems, as vice president of public affairs at Rutgers University, and as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Jon Corzine.  LaRue is a former interim chair of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey.

She is the mother of Mercer County Commissioner Samuel Frisby.

Epp said he enjoyed his tenure at Garden State Equality.

“In the last two years, my fellow board members, Garden State Equality’s staff, and our volunteers and members have helped us make great strides towards greater legal and lived LGBTQ+ equality in New Jersey,” Epps said.  “We’ve worked with our pro-equality legislature to protect LGBTQ+ older adults and help LGBTQ+ veterans, to codify marriage equality into state law, and to decriminalize HIV and expand harm reduction services.”

Garden State Equality was founded by New Jersey civil rights leader Steven Goldstein.

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