Horizon BCBSNJ takes pride in efforts to support LGBTQ+ community

Officials at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey said the company is honored to be invited to the Newark Public Library’s LGBTQ flag-raising ceremony Wednesday, saying it again shows Horizon is committed to supporting diversity and the LGBTQ+ community.

Newark officials said the LGBTQ flag-raising ceremony — planned for 10 a.m. at the James Brown African American Room in the library at 5 Washington St. — symbolizes Newark’s commitment to inclusivity, diversity & equality.

The library also will host what it is calling an Anti-Prom, an alternative event for high school seniors, on June 1.

Wendy Lanski, director, enterprise vendor management and operations for Horizon, said being present matters.

“We demonstrate Horizon’s commitment by attending events such as this important flag-raising, and we also partner with local communities and the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce to include LGBTQ+ owned businesses in our vendor database,” she said. “As president and proud ally of Spectrum, Horizon’s Employee Resource Group, and director of enterprise management at Horizon, I enjoy the robust collaboration we have with the community.”

Officials at the Newark Public Library say they appreciate the support from the business community.

“As a vibrant and progressive community, we are proud to take this step forward in acknowledging and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community’s contributions and rights, as well as hosting our first ever Anti-Prom,” they said in a statement. “We are honored to have esteemed council members from the Newark community, alongside representatives from various nonprofit organizations, joining us for this event.

“Their presence underscores the importance of this ceremony and reaffirms Newark’s dedication to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all its residents.”