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.

In 2013, Still Searching for a Living Wage
News & Politics

In 2013, Still Searching for a Living Wage

On Labor Day, I find myself thinking back to my first 9-to-5 job. Twenty years ago, just before I went to graduate school for journalism, I landed a plum gig working as a secretary for a contracts lawyer in midtown Manhattan. Paul, my boss, was a nice enough man, probably […]

No More Praying Away the Gay
News & Politics

No More Praying Away the Gay

Last week, New Jersey became the second state in the nation to ban so-called “conversion therapy.” That means children under the age of 18 can no longer be forced to endure therapy designed to change their sexual orientation from gay to straight. When he signed the bill into law, New […]

When do we teach our kids about hate?
Family / Parenting

When do we teach our kids about hate?

My partner and I are lucky. We can afford to live in Maplewood, an unusually diverse New Jersey suburb, where the gays are plentiful and tolerance seems to have graduated to full acceptance. As far as our two daughters know, their two-mom family is just another flavor of family in […]

Taking on Mother Russia
News & Politics

Taking on Mother Russia

I was 17 when I was arrested for the first, and thus far, only time in my life. I’d like to say I was cheesed for something badass, like stealing a car or selling dope. But, no, nothing that glam. During my freshman year at Yeshiva University Stern College for […]

When One Identity Just Won’t Do
Community / Identity / Life

When One Identity Just Won’t Do

Meet C.J. Prince, the second of our new regular contributors under the VillageQ banner.  She’ll be filing weekly posts, which is a darn thing, because once you read her, you’re going to want to come back for more. And soon. ~VQ Eds My identity was well mapped out by the […]