Jersey City No. 1 in NJ for LGBT community, report says

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David Gibson, right, and Rich Kiamco of Jersey City make history as they become the first official same-sex couple to be married in Jersey City in a ceremony officiated by Mayor Steve Fulop at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at City Hall. Seven other gay couples also participated in the ceremony. Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal

David Gibson, right, and Rich Kiamco of Jersey City make history as they become the first official same-sex couple to be married in Jersey City in a ceremony officiated by Mayor Steve Fulop at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at City Hall. Seven other gay couples also participated in the ceremony. Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal

The gay, lesbian and transgender community finds more support in Jersey City than any other New Jersey municipality, according to a new study by gay rights group Human Rights Campaign.

Jersey City beat out other gay-friendly cities like Asbury Park, Lambertville and Ocean Grove thanks to transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, openly gay city leaders and active engagement with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Jeffrey Campbell, who runs Hudson Pride Connections Center, located in Jersey City, said he’s not surprised the city is viewed well by the HRC.

City leaders, including Mayor Steve Fulop, are “paying attention” to all minority communities, which creates “a very inclusive environment,” Campbell said.

“In his quest to make Jersey City No. 1 in five years, I think he is very clear that that does include the large population of LGTB folks here in the city,” he said. “He’s got to do the work and he’s doing it.”

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