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North Jersey Pride Will Present First Outstanding Ally Award

Joseph and Jane Clementi, founders of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, will be recognized for the LGBT advocacy at the 4th Annual Pride Festival.

Tyler Clementi took his own life after a cyber-bullying incident during his freshman year at Rutgers. His parents, knowing he was targeted due to identifying as LGBT, decided to honor his memory by creating safety and security for others.

North Jersey Pride is recognizing Joseph and Jane Clementi, founders of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, at its 4th Annual Pride Festival this Sunday by presenting them with the organization's first-ever Outstanding Ally Award.

The award is intended to recognize allies that have demonstrated leadership in creating equality for the LGBT community.

"It is a privilege and honor to be recognized by North Jersey Pride as an Outstanding Ally for our work at The Tyler Clementi Foundation,” the Clementis said. “It is our desire to continue conversations that promote acceptance and civil rights, so that all social environments will be safe and respectful for the most vulnerable among us, especially LGBT youth.”

The Clementis have repeatedly come forward to discuss the loss of their son and advocate for change by promoting inclusive social gathering places such as churches, schools, homes and online for LGBT youth and adults as well as vulnerable youth.

“We are constantly astounded by Joseph and Jane Clementi’s resilience and courage in using their unique experience to make the world a safer and more accepting place for LGBTQ people,” said C.J. Prince, Executive Director of North Jersey Pride. “It is our pleasure to bestow our first-ever ‘Outstanding Ally Award’ to these heroes who are making a huge strides in combatting bullying.” 

The Pride Festival is from 12 to 7 p.m. at Memorial Park Amphitheater, located at 123 Dunnell Road. The event includes speakers and live music performances.

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