Councilman Mike DeFusco is donating $4,000 to the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s LGBTQ+ Caucus today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969. The money will be used to promote equality and help the caucus work with all 12 towns in Hudson County achieve a perfect Municipal Equality Index score from the Human Rights Campaign.
“The Stonewall Riots were a defining moment in American history because it marked the beginning of the modern-day push for equality in the LGBTQ+ community,” said Councilman DeFusco. “Fifty years ago to the day, brave men and women stood up for equality, they stood for love. That’s why today I am standing up for what I believe in by continuing this historic conversation about love and inclusiveness. I am so incredibly proud of the progress we have made here in Hoboken, but there is so much more that needs to be done for us to achieve true equality. The donation I’ve made to the LGBTQ+ Caucus will allow the organization to continue working with local governments to promote equality and embrace individuality.”
The HCDO LGBTQ+ Caucus serves to achieve equality and social justice for the LGBTQ+ community in Hudson County and across the state. The Caucus officially launched on June 1 with a Drag Queen Story Hour and open dialogue about equality and inclusiveness.
Mayor Sacco Raises the Pride Flag in North Bergen Town Hall
He was accompanied by Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco, the first openly gay elected official in Hudson County
Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioner Julio Marenco raised the Pride Flag at Town Hall this afternoon on the 50th anniversary of the riots at Stonewall Inn that launched the gay rights movement. The ceremony emphasized North Bergen’s commitment to continue building a progressive community that is accepting and welcoming to people of all backgrounds. Mayor Sacco was joined by Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco, who chairs the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s LGBTQ Caucus and Massimo Mascoli, a member of the caucus.
“Today’s ceremony is more than just a flag being raised, it recognizes the contributions of the LGBTQ community and the struggles faced in the fight for equality,” said Mayor Sacco. “Hate and intolerance have no place in North Bergen and our residents should know that they will not be discriminated against for loving whomever they love.”
“North Bergen has always been a welcoming place for people from many different cultures and backgrounds, and the LGBTQ community is no exception,” said Commissioner Marenco. “Raising the Pride Flag sends a message that everyone is valued here in our community and I am proud to have been part of this historic event.”
June is Pride Month, which celebrates the history of the LGBTQ community and promotes equality and social justice. The Town of North Bergen wants to make an effort to make sure all of their residents feel welcomed and included without living in fear over who they choose to love.
“I am proud to have raised the Pride Flag in North Bergen alongside Mayor Sacco to continue promoting love and equality in our communities,” said Councilman DeFusco. “We’ve made incredible progress in Hoboken to build a city that is accepting of everyone. Mayor Sacco has always been a true friend for equality and I look forward to working together to continue the conversations that make Hudson County more inclusive and welcoming to everyone.”