A time for solidarity. In the wake of Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, many New Jersey residents have gathered for vigils and other commemorations. New Jersey's gay community is probably more widely dispersed than in other states — you won't necessarily find "gayborhoods" like Chelsea here — but large LGBTQ populations can be found in Asbury Park and Hudson County. And even if New Jersey isn't exactly a gay mecca, there are a number of places you can visit — bars, clubs and community centers alike — in order to show your support for the community.
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It's not enough. Our last hope was indoor dining. Indoor dining, with reduced capacity, had been set to begin Thursday, but Gov. Phil Murphy delayed it indefinitely after seeing spikes of coronavirus cases in other states, such as Florida and Arizona.
Opened in , it is the oldest in the state and the only one in North Jersey. It is known for its live entertainment, its familial atmosphere, and its assistance to vulnerable LGBT youth and the local poor. Though it was able to reopen for limited outdoor service in the summer, its owner, Paul Binetti, announced in June that the venue was experiencing severe financial hardship, and he launched a GoFundMe page in a bid to secure enough funds to remain in business.