Bergen County LGBTQ+ Alliance

Defend Love. Empower Minds. Save Lives.

BCLA's mission is to advocate for equality and resources for the LGBTQ+ community in Bergen County, NJ,
to celebrate our diversity, and to provide safe spaces to allow us to be our true selves.

Est. June 7, 2021

Happening soon...

Monkey Pox Vaccines Available

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is scheduling Monkey Pox vaccinations online.
CLICK HERE for Vaccination Scheduling.
You can also check out our
BCLA Monkey Pox information page, with links to the CDC and more.

Vote with Pride! - Use your Voting Power and Register to Vote Now!

The November 8th midterm election has high stakes for the LGBTQ+ community in NJ and nationwide and our protections hang in the balance…so activate YOUR voting power! Click on the link above or the image to see our BCLA page filled with voting information and links to resources.

Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education

OWL is honest, accurate information about sexuality. The Central Unitarian Church in Paramus is running an OWL program for grades 7-9. Classes begin Sunday, Oct 9th 12-1:30pm. Email Alie Christopher for more information or call 201-262-6300 for more program information.

Lavender Treks "The Gathering"

Please join Lavender Treks for "The Gathering" at 6pm on Thursday, Oct 6th at Houlihan's on Rt-17 North in Ramsey. This is an evening of conversation, socializing, and fun in your favorite Halloween attire. Please RSVP before Oct 3rd by email to Wanda Ashbrook or Judith Ashbrook, or call Wanda at 201-742-3945

Drag Queen Story Hour

Please check out Drag Queen Story Hour at 2pm on Saturday, Oct 15th at the Tenafly Public Library. The fabulous Harmonica Sunbeam will visit to share books and songs about expressing yourself and accepting differences. All ages are welcome, and no registration is needed. This event is brought to you by Tenafly Pride.

Hiking Trail Cleanup in Ramapo

You're invited to volunteer to help clean up some of the Ramapo Valley County Reservation hiking trails, located at 608 Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah on Saturday, October 15th at 10am - volunteers will meet at the picnic tables by the parking lot. If you're under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult. To sign up, email Nick@bergencountylgbtq.org. This event is sponsored by BCLA in partnership with PSE&G Pride.

LGBT Health & Wellness Fair

This conference on Saturday, October 15th in the STEM Atrium at Kean University in Union, NJ will bring together over 30 vendors sharing information on holistic health and wellness, geared specifically towards the LGBTQ+ Community. This is a FREE event and will include free, onsite HIV testing, COVID testing & vaccinations, and Monkeypox vaccinations.

LGBTQ Seeds of Change Youth Leadership Summit

This event is for GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) leaders and participating high school students throughout Bergen County. It will be held from 8:30am-2:30pm on Friday, October 21st, 2022 at The Moses Center at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ. If you want to increase the involvement of your school's GSA, this meeting can help connect you with people, resources, and ideas that can help.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: If you have not already registered and are interested, you can get the registration information by emailing the Senior Advisor to the Bergen County Executive Jared Lautz at JLautz@co.bergen.nj.us

March and Memorial for Damien Lopez

On October 22nd there will be a March to Protect Trans Youth in downtown Bloomfield, NJ. There will be a memorial to commemorate Damien Lopez, a trans youth who tragically lost her life to suicide in March 2021. Check the link above for more information or to donate to the GoFundMe. Bloomfield Pride will match some of the donations.

News & Ongoing Groups

Stay Safe from Monkeypox

Click above or on the image to get third-party information about Monkeypox that can help you make informed decisions and stay safe, including availability of vaccines in Bergen County.

A free, weekly Zoom group offering a space for those experiencing loneliness, depression, PNP, drug-use, anxiety and more.

In collaboration with NJ Buddies and Bridges4Life we have established a closet for our queer and transgender community

A Monthly Queer Seniors event offering both In-Person and Zoom Options.

Click here for Event Calendar

HiTOPS groups create a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth to meet, socialize, offer and provide support, and participate in educational activities regarding healthy relationships, gender and sexuality, and more!

A monthly in-person social gathering with dancing and food, for trans and non-binary individuals and LGBTQ+ allies too.

LGBTQIA+ Survivor Group

A new LGBTQ+ Survivor group we will be starting May at healingSPACE. This will be a group for survivors of sexual violence who identify within the LGBTQ+ Community and are ages 18+. Contact Maddy Doubet for if you are interested. Email: Mdoubet@ywcannj.org