Gays in teh Burbs

Over the weekend, AP (via The Record) had an interesting article about 2010 census figures showing a 3-% rise over the past decade in NJ households headed by same-sex partners. Many are couples raising kids.

John and Michael Galluccio are the folks behind my currently favorite tee shirt in all of Jerseyland – WTFNJ? (a chunk of the profits fund Garden State Equality). That name sound familiar? The Galluccios won a landmark 1997 court case to become the first gay couple in NJ to jointly adopt a child – Adam, now 15.

Michael Galluccio’s on his local school board. Nearly 25% of North Jersey households headed by male couples and almost a third headed by lesbian couples have related kids. Gay couples come in all flavors the same way straight couples do, but once you look up and find gay-headed families in the ‘burbs, place of worship, school board, and in every job, and town in New Jersey, you get how the NJ Senate blew it big-time representing Jersey on this issue.

Disclosure: I’m on the GSE board (it’s big). I’d be writing this, even if I wasn’t. GSE ranked 83 NJ munis by how many GSE members (who are both gay & straight) each has. Whoa, my little town of Flemington (pop. 4500) has more GSE members than Hawthorne (pop. 18,000)? Bite me, Jeff Gardner, is my little town in crimson red Hunterdon gay-friendlier than yours?  

Want to see the list? It’s after the jump.

1.   Maplewood-South Orange

2.   Montclair

3.   Jersey City

4.   Asbury Park-Ocean Grove-Neptune

5.   Collingswood

6.   North Bergen

7.   Newark

8.   Lambertville

9.    Red Bank

10.   Union City

11.   Cherry Hill

12.   Trenton

13.   West Orange

14.   Ewing

15.   Burlington

16.   New Brunswick

17.   Nutley

18.   Princeton

19.   Hoboken

20.   Gloucester Township

21.   Bloomfield

22.   Edison

23.   Clifton

24.   Highland Park

25.   Atlantic City

26.   Rutherford

27.   Moorestown

28.   Millburn

29.   Long Branch-West Long Branch

30.   Passaic City

31.   Camden

32.   Madison

33.   Washington Township (Gloucester County)

34.   Hamilton

35.   Cliffside Park

36.   Westfield

37.   Lawrence

38.   Edgewater

39.   Summit

40.   Morristown

41.   Haddonfield-Haddon Township-Haddon Heights

42.   Somerville

43.   West New York

44.   Bernards Township

45.   Hillsborough

46.   Cinnaminson

47.   Mount Laurel

48.   South Brunswick

49.   Fort Lee

50.   Paramus

51.   Paterson

52.   Bridgewater

53.   Montgomery Township

54.   East Amwell-West Amwell

55.   Hackensack

56.   Woodbridge

57.   Plainfield

58.   Flemington

59.   Kearny

60.   Teaneck

61.   Glen Ridge

62.   Cape May City

63.   Toms River

64.   Belleville

65.   Marlton-Evesham

66.   Secaucus

67.   Livingston

68.   Sewell

69.   Delran

70.   Lyndhurst

71.   Palmyra

72.   Freehold

73.   Vineland

74.   Bayonne

75.   Harrison

76.   Weehawken  

77.   Sayreville

78.   West Deptford

79.   Pennsauken

80.   Willingboro

81.   Voorhees

82.   Englewood

83.   Hawthorne

Comments (9)

  1. Jeff Gardner


  2. Jay Lassiter

    clumping Neptune, AP and Ocean Grove together is nudging Cherry Hill out of the too 10.

    I demand a recount!

  3. Bill Orr

    A 2010 Census policy shift encouraged same-sex couples to label themselves as husband or wife even if their relationship is not recognized by law. 24,112 New Jersey couples self-identified -39% male and 71% female.

    The Williams Institute provides further data:  The top five counties and cities with the largest number of same-sex couples were Hudson, Hunterdon, Essex, Monmouth, and Camden, and Ocean Grove, Lambertville, Asbury Park, Collingswood, and Upper Montclair.  

  4. Alex

    …no Somerset (Franklin Twp., Somerset County). Gay village we’re not, I guess. 🙁


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