HMI: NJ Supports LGBTQ Youth and Condemns Violence

(July 13,2017) As we prepare to celebrate Pride in Newark, in recognition of the stark disparities, violence and discrimination faced by trans- youth of color in Newark and everywhere, Hetrick-Martin Institute New Jersey is honored to join Mayor Baraka for a solemn moment of recognition at Newark’s Pride flag raising ceremony on Thursday July 13th. As a resource for LGBTQ youth in Newark, HMI:NJ hopes to work in collaboration to further build infrastructure, resources, tolerance and systems of support and safety for LGBTQ youth throughout the Garden State. The recent rise in violent acts towards trans- people is a painful reminder of the need for communities to be vigilant in protecting and supporting marginalized and otherwise underserved, underrepresented, and targeted populations, particularly LGBTQ youth of color.

HMI: NJ stands committed to providing safe spaces to LGBTQ youth and young adults in the city of Newark. HMI: NJ is open Monday-Friday 10am-7pm; social workers are always available to provide support in any form. HMI: NJ will continue to work with the City of Newark, and all of its entities and institutions, to ensure that LGBTQ youth and young adults consistently have access to safe spaces.

– Dr. Ashawnda Fleming, Executive Director of HMI: NJ & Thomas Krever, CEO of HMI