Borgata is thrilled to support Garden State Equality during their 12 Days of Giving. Borgata invested $5,000 to support the assistance Garden State Equality gives to transgender New Jersey residents seeking legal name changes. The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found that almost one-third of transgender people who showed an identity document with a name or gender marker that conflicted with their perceived gender were harassed, denied benefits or services, discriminated against, or assaulted.
“Access to accurate identity documents is critical for trans people to fully participate in society. We’re so grateful to Borgata for their generous support of New Jersey’s trans community,” said Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of Garden State Equality.
Established in 2004, Garden State Equality (GSE) serves as the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in New Jersey and one of the most successful statewide civil rights organizations for the LGBTQ community in the nation. Their services include advocacy, policy work, and trainings. In collaboration with community partners, GSE has led efforts to ensure nondiscrimination for transgender people and gender nonconforming people in New Jersey; passed one of the most comprehensive anti-bullying laws in the country; ended sexual orientation and gender identity / expression change efforts in New Jersey (sometimes called conversion therapy); and brought marriage equality to the state.
GSE’s current work is informed by racial, economic, and disability justice concerns, while working to address safe environments for youth as well as the improvement of health services to meet LGBTQ community needs. For more information about Garden State Equality, or to learn how to get involved, please visit www.gardenstateequality.org.