Saturday, October 24, 2015

Trunk or Treat and Doggy Howl at Plainfield City Hall!

The Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation will once again host Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 30 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the City Hall parking lot. There is an application (at the bottom of the post--or just contact Recreation at 908-753-3097 to get an application emailed to you) that all those who will be opening their car trunks must complete. Applications will be available at the event if you cannot email/fax in advance. This is a fun and safe outing for the children of Plainfield. I participated last year (and will again this year), and the kids truly enjoyed moving from car to car for treats--many volunteers helped out last year. If you want to enjoy a good time with the kids in our community, come and participate--decorate your car, or just bring candy donations to the event. Car check-in begins at 5:00 pm, and all cars should be decorated by 5:30. There will be prizes for Best Dressed Car, and prizes will be awarded for Best Costume.

As if that weren't enough, Plainfield dog lovers can enjoy the Doggy Howl Costume Contest, set for Halloween Day, Saturday, October 31 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM, also in the parking lot. You are encouraged to bring some pet food to donate to the Plainfield Area Humane Society. The doggy parade and judging will take place at 12:30. Come show off your dog and give to a good cause at the same time!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Today - October 11- Is National Coming Out Day! Celebrate!

Today, October 11, we celebrate National Coming Out Day, an international observance held annually. Many of us aware the homophobia can rear its ugly head in shocking and unexpected ways, such as at the last Plainfield City Council meeting, where my humanity (and the humanity of all LGBT folks) was challenged as we had to bear the homophobic and transphobic attacks of Alex Toliver, who came to the microphone to disparage me for standing up for myself. There are a number of LGBT and transgender teens and young people living in our city, as the support I was shown at the July 4th Parade will attest, so for anyone to demean and disparage any member of our community on the basis of who they are is deeply offensive and goes against the ideals of our nation and certainly of our community. This was covered in the Courier-News: 

Plainfield Ex-Officials Comments About Lesbian Councilwoman Denounced
As the only openly gay council member, as a PROUD and OUT member of the LGBT community, I hope that folks will come out at our Tuesday, October 13 meeting at 8:00 pm at the Municipal Court to voice their support the resolution observing National Coming Out Day here in Plainfield, and to make a statement that homophobic and hateful attacks (of any kind) against any council member need to be gaveled down as soon as the first slur is uttered. As a co-advisor to the Gay/Straight Alliance at the college where I teach, we observe this day in solidarity with our LGBT students and allies, colleagues, and friends.  

Click on this link for the Human Rights Campaign's National Coming Out Day page, and show your support.