By Elisha Aldrich on July 24, 2015
Congressman David Cicilline (D- RI) announced historic legislation to expand upon the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and provide protections for the LGBT community in several areas, including public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. Announced in Washington, D.C., the bill, known as the Equality Act, has been introduced in both […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Congress, Featured, LGBT, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged bisexual, center for american progress, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Cory Booker, David Cicilline, Elisha Aldrich, Equality Act, gay, Human Rights Campaign, lesbian, LGBT, National Center for Transgender Equality, Steny Hoyer, Tammy Baldwin, transgender | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on July 16, 2015
The announcement on July 13 that the Boy Scouts of America will rescind its longtime ban on gay and bisexual leaders came to some, including myself, as a notice of victory. I earned my Eagle Scout rank in 2004 and part of my own struggle inching out of the closet had to do with the pain […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2015
Marriage equality has been the law in Rhode Island for two years now, and its gone nationwide due to the recent SCOTUS decision, but in the General Assembly, some legislators are continuing to vote against same-sex couples seeking to get married.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Arthur Corvese, General Assembly, Joseph Trillo, Justin price, marriage equailty, Robert Lancia, Robert Phillips, Samuel Azzinaro, Sherry Roberts, Solemnization of Marriage | 2 Responses
By Lin Collette on June 29, 2015
Well, it’s hard to say for sure since we can neither read nor change the past. The disgraced former Mayor of Central Falls, who plead guilty to corruption charges in 2012, and one of the key factors in Central Falls declaring bankruptcy in 2011, might be in favor of having the rainbow flag fly over […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2015
“Can you imagine if we could go in time and bring Roger Williams here today?” asked Rodney Davis to laughs, “but when you boil it down and get to its purest sense, Freedom, Liberty and Justice was the reason why he came here…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, History, LGBT, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged C. Kelly Smith, Edie Ajello, elizabeth roberts, frank ferri, Jenn Steinfeld, jorge elorza, Kate Monteiro, M Charles Bakst, Marriage Equality, Marti Rosenberg, Rodney Davis, Roger Williams, SCOTUS, seth magaziner, tony caparco | Leave a response
By Gene Dyszlewski on June 26, 2015
As leaders of faith communities that uphold same-sex marriage, we are delighted that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of inclusion of all American Couples. Now, all couples will enjoy the same rights and benefits.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2015
“We are queering living wages, access to health care and transgender justice. Queering total immigration reform and ending incarceration. We are queering feminism, queering the way we talk about race, queering HIV activism, queering heteronormative ideas of marriage and couplehood, queerly engaging in radical protest, getting old queerly. We need to create a movement that says not only, ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it’ but one that says ‘Join us, dream with us, dare with us, go for broke, and change the world.'”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Photos, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Anthony Maselli, Josh Kilby, lgbtq, R Lewis, reproductive justice, RI Pride, transgender, women’s rights | 1 Response
By Rachel Simon on June 22, 2015
Saturday’s Pride parade and festival marked almost two years since the legalization of same sex marriage in Rhode Island. There was an air of celebration, with live music, dancing, and plenty of displays from large corporate sponsors. However, activists from PrYSM (the Providence Youth and Student Movement), supported by DARE (Direct Action for Rights and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2015
Lest we forget: People are beautiful
By Andrea Sterling, Dania Sanchez, Helen McDonald, Monay McNeil on June 22, 2015
This is to everyone and anyone who has ever underestimated, overestimated, or simply did not care about the Black women who surround them, while highlighting, quoting, and screaming the words of the Black women revolutionaries they’ve chosen to mythologize.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 20, 2015
The event was described by organizers as a “vigil for the lives that are too often forgotten or pushed aside. The names who do not get chants, the faces who do not get to be transformed into posters, the people who are not chosen for Million Marches.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Andrea Sterling, black lives matter, black women, Dania Sanchez, Helen McDonald, Monay McNeil, police violence, PrYSM, Rachel Simon | 2 Responses
By Anthony Maselli on June 7, 2015
“There’s a transgender girl out there living in darkness and depression, who will commit suicide before she can graduate high school, because her parents and her church will tell her that that which she has no control over is an abomination, and her classmates and teachers will convince her that she is a freak and a mistake.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged lgbtq, RI Pride | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 6, 2015
Mayor Jorge Elorza helped to unfurl the rainbow Pride flag on the steps of the Providence City Hall as a crowd of about 75 members and supporters of the Providence area LGBTQ community applauded.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alejandra Blaze, Amber Guzman, Anthony Maselli, jorge elorza, Kurt Bagley, lgbtq, Marissa O'Gara, RI Pride | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 4, 2015
“We want accountability,” said C. Kelly Smith, one of the protest organizers. “I recommend that the LGBTQ and allied community boycott the Haven Brothers until such time as we get an explanation and justice for Joey.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, LGBT, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Anthony Maselli, C. Kelly Smith, frank ferri, hate crime, Haven Brothers, Joey Catanzaro | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on March 31, 2015
Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is drafting a bill with Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people, he explained in an interview with RI Future. The bill, long in the works, he said, would prevent states like Indiana from using so-called “religious liberty” laws to sanction discrimination based […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 30, 2015
Rhode Island needs to repeal its version of the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act). We need to do this because our state is the birthplace of religious liberty and freedom of conscience. We need to do this because it is integral to the very DNA of Rhode Island that we brook no persecution or privilege based on deeply held religious convictions.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, Featured, LGBT, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Burwell v Hobby Lobby, civil unions, Corvese Amendment, Employment Division v. Smith, lgbtq, Mike Pence, Nicholas Mattiello, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI Supreme Court | 8 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2015
The bill seeks to criminalize knowingly transmitting HIV. Stephen Hourahan, of AIDS Project RI said the bill will, “privilege the ignorance of not knowing your status.” We don’t want the mantra to be, “Take the test and risk arrest,” said Hourhan, adding that such a bill would create a “viral underclass” and should be opposed by all.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, LGBT, National News, State House | Tagged AIDS Care Ocean State, AIDS Project RI, Anthony DeRose, Anthony Maselli, Ben Klein, Dr. Amy Nunn, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, HIV, House Judiciary Committee, Kristen Pfeiffer, lgbtq, Michael Fine, Paul Fitzgerald, Rhode Island Democratic Party LGBTQ Caucus, Rhode Island Department of Health, RI HIV Prevention Coalition, Robert Nardolillo, Stephen Hourahan, world aids day, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 8, 2014
Mail Call often happens in public spaces in the prison. When someone hears their name called by a prison guard during mail call, it is a reminder that people on the outside care about that person. It is also a message to the guards and other prisoners that this person has support and is not forgotten. This can be a vital harm reduction strategy for people who are locked up, especially queer and transgender folks.
By Josh Kilby on December 3, 2014
I’m a healthcare worker, Queer activist, and consider myself to be pretty well-informed and connected and yet if you had asked me about PrEP as recently as September, I would have wondered what you are talking about. I’m up here today because I feel that the word PrEP needs to be on the lips of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 2, 2014
Dr. Nunn sees partnering with online hook up sites like Grindr as a way of combating the spread of AIDS. “I would posit that they do a much better job of reaching the highest risk people than we have done in the public health community, and it’s time for a revolution.”