ATLANTIC CITY – The Borgata is giving its support to members of New Jersey’s LGBTQ community.
The Atlantic City hotel, casino and spa recently announced a $5,000 donation to Asbury Park-based education and advocacy organization Garden State Equality to assist in their work assisting transgender New Jersey residents seeking legal name changes.
“Access to accurate identity documents is critical for trans people to fully participate in society. We’re so grateful to Borgata for their generous support of New Jersey’s trans community,” Garden State Equality executive director Christian Fuscarino said in a statement released Friday, Dec. 18.
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Just 11% of the respondents to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey said all of their identifications had their preferred name and gender, but 68% said none of their IDs had their preferred name and gender.
More than 30% cited cost as the main impediment to legally changing their name and updating their gender on identification, and 32% reported harassment, discrimination, assault or denial of benefits or services due to having identification that does not match their gender expression.
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More current statistics were not available, with The 19th reporting in August that the National Center for Transgender Equality’s latest U.S. Transgender Survey, originally scheduled for release in 2020, had been delayed by at least a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation to Garden State Equality is just the latest show of support from the Borgata, which nearly a decade ago launched the OUT at Borgata initiative in an effort to better connect the resort destination with members of the LGBTQ+ community.
This month’s 12 Days of Giving program at the Borgata saw the MGM Resorts property award more than $45,000 in gifts and donations to nonprofit organizations doing work in South Jersey.
Additional beneficiaries included Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City and MGM Resorts International Teen Center; CONTACT Cape-Atlantic; Community FoodBank of New Jersey; Covenant House New Jersey; AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center; Humane Society of Atlantic County; ARC of Atlantic County; Adelaide’s Place, Center for Family Services and AMVETS Post 911.
“We are delighted to give back this holiday season as we raise awareness for these wonderful nonprofit organizations, whose missions are vitally important to our local community,” said Liza Costandino, director of communications for Borgata, in a statement. “This year has presented unprecedented hardships for people throughout the region. We felt it was important to contribute to a variety of causes so we could extend our reach to impact more of the community.”
Alex Biese has been writing about art, entertainment, culture and news on a local and national level for more than 15 years.