× HOBOKEN– On Monday, Aug 6 the city kicked off its inaugural Hoboken Pride Week with a flag raising ceremony.At the ceremony, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced a new volunteer LGBTQ Community Liaison to the city, Laura Knittel.Knittel will act as a point person with the mayor’s ear who will be able to bring concerns from the LGBTQ to the city and advocate for them on their behalf.Also at the ceremony, Hudson Pride Center CEO Michael Billy presented Mayor Ravi Bhalla with the organization’s Evolution Award.“Our understanding of gender and sexuality are ever evolving, and as we evolve, so must our society and so must our policies and laws,” said Billy. “In a few short months, Bhalla has set the bar high in New Jersey by protecting the dignity of trans and non-binary individuals with his gender-neutral bathroom ordinance. Beyond that, our community is intersectional, and his advocacy on behalf of immigrants, working parents, and the homeless help lift us all up.”Bhalla is the only elected official to have received this award.Bhalla said he was humbled by the award and said he is just “trying to do my part to make life more equitable for members of traditionally marginalized groups.”He said the award is not the end goal. “This award is a motivator. It tells me that we here in Hoboken are on the right track in bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”Hoboken Pride Week is part of the first-ever Hudson Pride Month, with events happening across Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne throughout the month of August.Pride events Hoboken events are scheduled throughout the week.On Tuesday Aug 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hoboken University Medical Center will host an Every Woman Wellness Event where members of the lesbian, bisexual, cis, and trans community can get free yearly medical exams, safe sex resources, and more.On Thursday there will be a LGBTQ networking mixer from 7 to 9 p.m. at Giannone Wine & Liquor a $20 donation is suggested with proceeds going to Hudson Pride Center.On Saturday there will be a Foam N’Glow Dance Party at Sinatra Park from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.the dance party will feature live music and foam cannons with a live performance by Felipe Rose one of the founding members of the village people.Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.For more information, see this coming weekend’s story in the Jersey City Reporter (hudsonreporter.com) or visit https://jerseycitypride.com/upcoming-pride-events/.