By Andrew Stewart on January 10, 2016
Earlier this year, Frank V. Toti, Jr. previewed his play TRANS*, based on the oral histories taken from trans* people by Steven Pennell at the Paff Auditorium at the URI Downtown Campus. That performance, featuring Pennell, Cynthia Glinick and Cody Suzuki was a fantastic showcase of some of what this community faces on a regular basis. […]
By Anthony Maselli on December 30, 2015
A few months ago, Governor Gina Raimondo hosted a meeting for members of the “LGBTQ community” at which no People of Color were present, because no People of Color were invited.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, LGBT, Opinion, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Aaron Talley, Gina Raimondo, Jenn Steinfeld, lgbtq, POC, Rhode Island Pride, Rodney Davis, Ruth Frankenberg | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on December 4, 2015
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Sally Hay, an LGBTQQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Questioning, Intersex) rights activist that has done a significant level of research and work regarding elder issues with Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). As the Baby Boomers continue to retire and age, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 4, 2015
City Councilor Terrance Mercer missed three minutes of the September 23 Pawtucket City Council meeting. In doing so he avoided voting for (or against) a symbolic resolution in support of LGBT rights.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, LGBT, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Civil Rights Act of 1964, David Cicilline, Equality Act, HR 3185, Sandra Cano, Terrence Mercer | Leave a response
By Richie DeFilippo on December 3, 2015
…certainly more can be done to educate gay and bisexual men about PrEP. A few examples are targeted PrEP media campaigns, community forums at venues where gay and bisexual men congregate, and on online hookup sites, such as Grindr and Scruff. What is most important to highlight, in my opinion, is once PrEP was described to the men in these studies, interest in the use of PrEP was very high.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2015
“Lead by people of color, the First National Trans March of Resilience… in numerous cities across the nation… [is] a way to honor the strength and resilience of trans lives, specifically the lives of trans people of color…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, LGBT, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Alejandra Blaze, August Guang, black lives matter, Dominique Pistone, Julián Cancino, Monay McNeil, National Trans March of Resilience, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rita Hester, TDOR, Trans Lives Matter, Transgender Day of Remembrance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 30, 2015
“I fear that this meeting and claims that the Pope told Ms. Davis to ‘stand strong’ will embolden the many US bishops and others who continue to try to turn back support for LGBT people,” said DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke.
Posted in Featured, International News, LGBT, National News, Religion | Tagged DignityUSA, Equally Blessed, Kim Davis, LGBTQ Catholics, Marianne Duddy-Burke, Nicole Santamaria, pope francis, World Conference of Families | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2015
Four people spoke on trans and intersex gender identities from a Catholic perspective at the Arch Street United Methodist Church across the street from the World Conference of Families in Philadelphia. The event was originally scheduled to take place at the St. John the Evangelist parish, but according to organizers was, “evicted from the space by Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Philadephia Archdiocese.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, LGBT, National News, News, People, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island | Tagged Arch Street United Methodist Church, Call to Action, Charles Chaput, delfine bautista, Dignity USA, Fortunate Families, Frank DeBeranardo, intersex, Jeannine Grammick, Julie Chovanes, New Ways Ministry, Nicole Santamaria, pope francis, TRANS*, Vima Santamaria, World Conference of Families | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2015
This year’s theme for AIDS Walk RI was “Keeping Hope Alive” and despite the reality of nearly 100 new cases of HIV being diagnosed in our state every year, there is hope that one day HIV will be eradicated.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, History, LGBT, Photos, Video | Tagged AIDS Care Ocean State, AIDS Project Rhode Island, David Cicilline, Guy Abelson, Hope Harris, Hope Harris Award, jorge elorza, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Paul Fitzgerald, Philip Chan, PrEP, Providence Gay Men's Chorus, RI Department of Health, Ronald Lewis, seth magaziner | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on September 14, 2015
I know of no journalist more deserving of accolades than my dear friend and colleague Steve Ahquist, who was honored by Rhode Island Pride last night for his impressive and extensive coverage of issues affecting the LGBT community. Here’s a sampling of some of the posts he’s filed for RI Future over just the past […]
By Bob Plain on September 2, 2015
At its annual gala, Rhode Island Pride will recognize Kate Monteiro, a gay rights activist, and Steve Ahlquist, a progressive journalist, for their contributions to the LGBT community. The event is Sunday, September 13, 6:30 at the Providence Marriott. Monteiro, who has been on the front lines of the fight for gay rights in Rhode […]
By Rachel Simon on August 25, 2015
August 25th brings a nationwide direct action effort, building solidarity and organizing coalitions to end the rampant violence targeting trans women of color. The past month has seen a marked increase in the already-high rate of murders targeting this community, leading groundbreaking actress and activist Laverne Cox to declare a state of emergency for trans communities […]
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 | 4 Responses
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 | 3 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 | 1 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 […]