pride is for everyone


A Rainbow of Services For the Entire Community
We use holistic approaches to support LGBTQ youth in building a foundation of self-reliance, self-esteem, and self-confidence to promote individual and community based sustainability. We envision a world where LGBTQ youth are empowered to respect and love themselves, and their communities.
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LGBTQ+  programs & Services


Providing a safe space to LGBTQ+ youth, ages 13-24. We offer individual and group counseling, as well as social and special events.

THE PRIDE CENTER - 25 and up

Active creative space for adults, age 25 and over. We offer medical and counseling services, drop-in activities and cultural events.

PROJECT TEA - Trans Empowerment in Action

We provide programming, testing and counseling for our transcommunity. We also offer group activites and cultural events.

Intimate partner violence

Call our toll-free hotline now  1(833)-702-5020. Our Rainbow Project offers counseling & support service for individuals experiencing intimate partner violence.

HIV & STI screenings

Find out your status and get treatment. We provide testing, counseling, and ongoing care. We also provide vaccines as needed.

lgbtq+ empowerment programs

We're empowering our community through outreach services that include Men's Mpowerment Group, Dress to Success, and more.


We offer specialized support services, hormone therapy, testing, counseling and outreach.

PrEP & PEP Treatments

We offer both Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PreP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to protect individuals at risk of HIV infection.

HiV Research & clinIcal trials

For over 30 years, we've conducted HIV/AIDS clinical trials & research. We integrate a series of medical & holistic services in effort to eradicate the virus.


Our programs

Providing safe space for LGBTQ+ youth for 20 years! For ages 13-24.
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An adult LGBTQ+ safe space in downtown Newark. For ages 25 and up.
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Trans Empowerment in Action. Programming, testing and counseling for the transcommunity.
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The North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) is one of New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS community-based organization.

Our mission is to "empower our clients by reducing social and health disparities in the greater Newark area."

Over the past 30 years of service NJCRI has adapted and changed to rally the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as providing important social services to our community.

In 1988, the initial focus was to provide clinical trials in Newark so those that were infected with the HIV virus could gain access to promising investigational treatments. At that time patients were required to travel to New York to receive these services.

NJCRI was the first AIDS service organization in New Jersey to provide medical care to those with HIV. Our staff have published more than 30 research articles and have presented their research findings at local, national and international AIDS conferences.


LGBTQ+ Director

Meet Kevin

Kevin E. Taylor is a Newark community leader who has worked with the LGBTQ community for more than 20 years in New Jersey. Community Activist. Speaker. Pastor. Author. Advocate. A former television producer and motivational speaker who has traveled to and lectured and empowered across the country and around the globe. Taylor has previously served as the Manager of our Pride Center downtown and now oversees the entire department’s programming.

As director, Kevin E. Taylor brings a lifetime of experience in the LGBTQ communities he has been a leader in our community here in New Jersey and New York, where he led couples counseling with POCC, and in Washington, DC, his hometown, where he worked as a Peer Counselor with Whitman Walker Clinic and served as a part of the founding ministry team of Inner Light Unity Fellowship Church. He is now Senior Pastor for Unity Fellowship Church NewArk, an affirming church where all are welcome, and is a proud father to Ga’Vel Qwame Taylor and proud grandfather to three.

Kevin E. Taylor


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