The Hudson County Democratic Organization will hold a drag queen story hour breakfast on June 1 after religious protestors harried a similar event held in the city last month.
“A top priority for the Hudson County Democratic Organization is building a community that celebrates our diversity and is inclusive to every voice,” Hudson County Democratic Chairwoman Amy DeGise said. “We live in one of the most diverse places in the nation and it is important that we ensure all of our neighbors are treated equally and justly. The LGBTQ community has helped make Hudson County the incredible place it is and June is about recognizing those contributions and accomplishments. I’m looking forward to beginning Pride Month with a celebration of our rich culture and continuing the discussion to build a more inclusive community.”
Members of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property drew fire for their protest of April’s drag queen story hour. That event was not hosted by the HCDO.
The group calls itself “an organization of lay Catholic Americans concerned about the moral crisis shaking the remnants of Christian civilization.”
Amy DeGise, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco, who is Chairman of the county’s Democratic LGBTQ Caucus, and Harmonica Sunbeam, who hosted the first event will attend Saturday’s proceedings.
The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to noon at 122 Willow Ave. in Hoboken Saturday.
“The beginning of Pride Month gives us the opportunity to further the discussion of diversity and acceptance in our communities,” DeFusco said. “I am proud of the work we have done over the past four years to make Hoboken a more inclusive city and finally achieve a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. As Chairman of the Caucus, I’m excited to work with each of Hudson County’s municipalities so we can better serve the growing LGBTQ population and achieve true equality.”