LGBT

Pride: We decided to refuse the shame

Pride: We decided to refuse the shame

Gay Pride’s origins lie in protest, not celebration. And to this day, defiance is core to what Gay Pride is all about. The first Gay Pride march took place in the West Village in New York City on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. It was a taking-back-the-streets action against a world in which [...]

San Fran’s Archbishop’s decision to speak at anti-LGBTQ rally has Rhode Island roots

San Fran’s Archbishop’s decision to speak at anti-LGBTQ rally has Rhode Island roots

San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone’s decision to speak at the “March for Marriage” an anti-gay marriage rally organized by NOM (National Organization for Marriage) on June 19 has caused quite a stir in Catholic circles. Many are imploring the Archbishop to reconsider his decision to speak at the event, citing Pope Francis’s “Who am I to [...]

Providence Renaissance Hotel lost its gay-friendly rating

Providence Renaissance Hotel lost its gay-friendly rating

The Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, which occupies a prime piece of real estate between the Rhode Island State House and the Providence Place Mall, was opened with great fanfare in 2007 by Sage Hospitality Resources. Advertised as being “among the most remarkable hotels in Providence” it is described as featuring “exquisite historic architecture with excellent [...]

Andrew Winters and institutional bullying at URI

Andrew Winters and institutional bullying at URI

“Midnight Tonight: Students Protest LGBT Campus Safety at University of Rhode Island.” This was the headline on a Campus Pride blog of September 22, 2010, announcing a round-the-clock occupation of the URI library “to ensure the safety and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, faculty and staff.” When the dust had settled [...]

Let’s not mince words, we were bowling for abortions

Let’s not mince words, we were bowling for abortions

On Sunday, April 27, I had the pleasure of bowling at a fundraiser that benefits the  ”Women’s Health and Education Fund of Rhode Island.” This annual bowlathon is part of a national campaign that funds abortion services for people who demonstrate financial need.  Anyone who needs abortion services should have access to them, regardless of [...]

Matthew Cuddeback

Is ‘anti-gay therapist’ Dr. Cretella a therapist or not?

The recent cancellation of anti-LGBTQ activist Michelle Cretella’s talk at Providence College by Dr. Matthew Cuddeback has taken a new turn. Cuddeback initially invited Cretella, a founding member of NOM-RI (dedicated to preventing marriage equality in our state), a board member of NARTH (dedicated to “curing” homosexuality) and vice president of the American College of [...]

Providence College postpones controversial anti-LGBTQ lecturer

Providence College postpones controversial anti-LGBTQ lecturer

From an outsider’s perspective, Providence College seems caught between wanting to be two very different things. On the one side, PC wishes to be an academic institution dedicated to free and open inquiry, pursuing the truth where ever the search may lead. On the other hand, it sometimes seems that there are those who wish [...]

The RI Bi

The RI Bi

Calling all allies, queers, and bi-fabulous volunteers! The RI Bi Resource Network is a new group (recently founded by RI Future contributor and activist Katrina Chaves) which provides resources to the often-ignored “B” in “LGBT,” and aims to improve the mental & physical health of the Rhode Island bi community. It is an unfortunate fact [...]

Scott Lively and Brian Camenker

Mass ‘hate groups’ focus attention elsewhere

Massachusetts got the ball running on marriage equality back in 2004 when the state supreme court ruled, in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that under the state constitution, it was illegal to deny same sex couples their right to marry. Less than a decade later, Hawaii has become the 15th state to recognize this [...]

Should public schools host Boy Scout field trips?

Should public schools host Boy Scout field trips?

A Portsmouth activist is questioning the local school district’s decision to host a field trip with a group known for discriminating. John McDaid, who blogs about local issues here, and his wife plan to address the Portsmouth School Committee tonight about a Boy Scout field trip. “The question we’re going to put to the School Committee [...]

Amazing Grace at Providence College

Amazing Grace at Providence College

What high school senior would want to go to college where you can’t even discuss the not-at-all controversial issue of marriage equality? No-brainer or not,  let’s give PC Provost Hugh Lena credit for allowing a students to hear a lecture the church doesn’t agree with. “I know that the events of the last few days [...]

Providence College nixes lecture on gay marriage

Providence College nixes lecture on gay marriage

In what can only be called a blow to academic freedom and intellectual inquiry, Providence College has rescinded an invitation to philosopher John Corvino of Wayne State University because his lecture would be in support of marriage equality and “Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.” Corvino [...]

Priest to legislators: I will campaign against you from church

Priest to legislators: I will campaign against you from church

A Catholic priest is said to have sent an email to legislators who voted for same sex marriage threatening to use his bully pulpit as a church leader to get them unelected. “I’m praying for each of you, that you turn back to God,” said an email purportedly from Father Brian Sistare, who is now [...]

Pierre Laveillee, left, and Lew Pryeor are legally married gay Catholics who were told they could no longer receive communion.

Gay Catholics in Woonsocket denied communion

While many gay Rhode Islanders gained a new right last week, Lew Pryeor and Pierre Leveillee lost one yesterday. The Catholic couple from Woonsocket was told by their priest, Rev. Brian Sistare of Sacred Heart, that he would  no longer give them communion at Sunday service. “I have been a Catholic all my life,” Pryeor [...]

Hate groups not welcome

Hate groups not welcome

There’s been a lot written on this site and elsewhere about what makes Rhode Island so great. The Rhode Island Foundation has even launched It’s All In Our Backyard, “an internal marketing campaign designed to change the way Rhode Islanders talk about their state” because, they say, the “state has a self-esteem problem.” In this [...]

Video: Marriage party at Providence City Hall

Video: Marriage party at Providence City Hall

Video from the Marriage Equality celebration held outside Providence City Hall today from 8:30am to 9:30am.

Marriage equality is here!

Marriage equality is here!

Today Rhode Island is a little bit better than it was yesterday. Today all men and women in Rhode Island are free to marry the person they love, regardless of gender. This was a long, hard fought battle but in the end, love and tolerance beat out bigotry and prejudice, and an important step was [...]

Rep. Ferri and his husband Tony ready for big wedding day

Rep. Ferri and his husband Tony ready for big wedding day

You know your wedding is a big deal in Rhode Island when reporters from NBC 10, RIPR, WPRO and the Associated Press all want to interview you about it. Such is the case for state Rep. Frank Ferri and his longtime husband Tony Caparco, who are re-affirming their wedding vows to one another now that [...]

Same sex couples begin applying for marriage license today

Same sex couples begin applying for marriage license today

Marriage equality for all might not become the law of the land in the Ocean State until this Thursday, but in Providence same sex couples can begin the paperwork part of the process starting today. The Capital City has set up  special preregistration process for the flood of same sex couples applying for marriage licenses [...]

RI Council of Churches applauds Boy Scouts

RI Council of Churches applauds Boy Scouts

Rhode Island State Council of Churches released a statement today regarding the Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to allow openly gay scouts to join and participate in the organization: Response to BSA Statement on Gender of Scouts and Leaders The Rhode Island State Council of Churches applauds the direction taken by the Boy Scouts [...]