Articles written by: C.J. Prince

C.J. Prince is the executive director of North Jersey Pride, Inc., a nonprofit that produces events celebrating equality, family and community in the Garden State. A journalist by trade, she has written for dozens of publications, including Working Mother, The Record, Advocate, Patch.com, Entrepreneur, Institutional Investor, U.S. News & World Report, and TheStreet.com. She lives in Maplewood, NJ, with her two daughters and an orange tabby named Mango Smoothie.

My fancy daughter.
Family / Life

How will my child break my heart?

The other day, I came upon this heartbreaking story written by a mother whose religious beliefs kept her from accepting her gay son as he was, realizing only too late she had confused fear with faith. I cried reading it. It made me think simultaneously about my own coming out […]

Where is the Outrage Over India?
News & Politics

Where is the Outrage Over India?

Love is, once again, a criminal activity in India. On Tuesday, India’s highest court restored an insane colonial-era law banning consensual sex between members of the same gender and making it a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In its ruling, the Supreme Court Justices tossed out […]

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Family / News & Politics / Parenting

Lessons in Transphobia

Driving my seven-year-old to art class this last week, we saw someone walking by on the sidewalk whose gender appeared to be ambiguous. When we passed by, my daughter asked: “Was that a boy or a girl?” “You know, I don’t know. Maybe a boy or a girl. Or maybe […]

Still Failing Matthew Shepard, 15 Years Later
News & Politics

Still Failing Matthew Shepard, 15 Years Later

Last night I had the strangest dream. I dreamt I attended a community play about the 1998 brutal beating and death of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and the play was performed by a troupe of Jewish high school kids, all of whom spend at least half their daytime hours […]

What Marriage Equality May Never Fix
Family / Kids / Parenting

What Marriage Equality May Never Fix

Great Wolf Lodge. Three words that have the power to strike fear in the heart of any parent, if they’ve ever seen or heard tell of it. Great Wolf Lodge is a giant waterpark with huge, snaking slides, forts, wave pools, and lagoons, among other aquatopia, plus glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, bowling, […]

This is me at 17. Out to myself, I made sure to keep my hair no shorter than shoulder length so as not to arouse any suspicion.
Life

VQ Comes Out: C.J. Prince

We’re running a series of our coming out stories – VQ Comes Out – in honor of National Coming Out Day (which took place last Friday) and LGBT History month. We began over the weekend with the story of Jenn, from our Instagram community. This morning we hear from C.J. Prince, who […]

Bullies in the pulpit
News & Politics

Bullies in the pulpit

This past week, as National Bullying Prevention Month was kicking off, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett was chatting with a local news station, comparing same-sex marriage to incest. He was actually apologizing for having earlier compared gay marriage to the union of two children. “I think a much better analogy would […]

Jewish American Bullies
News & Politics

Jewish American Bullies

When I was 12 years old, I attended a high-priced sleepaway camp in the Poconos for über-wealthy Jewish kids from Long Island and the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Activities included go-karting, horsebackriding, waterskiing and ziplining. The parents that didn’t arrive in Jaguars and Mercedes on visiting day landed their […]

The cemetery talk
Family / Kids / Parenting

The cemetery talk

My older daughter was four when I first tried to explain the concept of death to her. I wasn’t planning on having that talk, and I didn’t have much of a strategy ready, but it was kind of bound to happen. Unfortunately, I’ve had a lot of death in my […]

Taking Back the Kip
Culture

Taking Back the Kip

I’ve long feared Yom Kippur. My dread begins early, even before Rosh Hashanah. With mounting trepidation, I become aware that, in not so very long, I will have to refrain from eating and drinking for 25 hours and spend most of that time in synagogue, sitting and standing, repeating and […]