By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2016
Tobin doesn’t defend the church’s position of intolerance to homosexuality but instead seeks to demonstrate that Pope Francis can not be differentiated from the church’s anti-gay agenda.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 27, 2016
“The time, however, has come for me to speak out about the Catholic Church’s flawed view of gay marriage. The Church persists in placing ‘form over substance,” said Senator Donna Nesselbush, “I always say, we Christians should worry more about the quality of our love, rather than the gender of the person we love.”
Posted in Featured, LGBT, Religion | Tagged Bob Shines, Church of St. Mary, Diocese of Providence, Donna Nesselbush, Franciscan Friars, Jesus, Michael Templeton, New Ways Ministry, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pope francis, Thomas Tobin | Leave a response
By Peter Nightingale on September 18, 2016
This marks the fifth year since Andrew Winters was disappeared from URI. Yiddish scores much higher on the scale of colorful curses than American English and, growing up, I occasionally heard the curse “yemach shemoy—may his name be erased!” That is exactly what happened to Andrew Winters at URI: his name and memory have been […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 16, 2016
Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, is coming to the south steps of the Rhode Island State House on August 31 at noon, to preach his message of anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islam, pro-theocracy intolerance.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Billy Graham, fox news, Franklin Graham, Girl Scouts, islam, Republican National Convention, Rob Boston, Roger Williams, STONEWALL, Todd Starnes, Vladimir Putin, William Alberts | 4 Responses
By Youth Pride Inc on July 1, 2016
Youth Pride is delighted to endorse a new policy approved by the Providence School Board that outlines more inclusive practices, services and support for all students in how they wish to express their gender identity. The policy also creates the opportunity for a conversation with each self-identified student by a team of trained professionals to tailor services to best fit individual needs.
Posted in Education, Featured, LGBT, Providence, Youth | Tagged Chris Lauth, jorge elorza, Nicholas Hemond, Policy for Transgender and Gender Expansive Students, Providence School Board, Robert Gondola, Youth Pride Inc, YPI | Leave a response
By Youth Pride Inc on June 21, 2016
Youth Pride Inc.’s Board of Directors Names Christopher R. Lauth to lead Rhode Island’s renowned LGBTQ Youth Center & Advocacy Organization.
By Andrew Stewart on June 19, 2016
Last week’s violence in Orlando at a gay nightclub was a major motivator for the recent protest action by PrYSM at Pride this year. The action, however, was part of a larger multi-evening dialogue about a schism within the LGBTQQIA+ community that has been present for some time which directly confronts and talks about the […]
By PrYSM on June 18, 2016
Updated with video and pictures: As a result of RI Pride and Mayor Elorza’s blatant disregard of the trauma, histories, and experiences of LGBTQ people of color with state violence, PrYSM rejects the position of Honorary Marshal. PrYSM rejects RI Pride’s tokenizing of communities of color. PrYSM rejects RI Pride.
By Ethan Huckel on June 15, 2016
The system is not broken. It is a system of oppression and it is working just fine… Oppression intersects in a vast web. A web that has been skillfully woven to keep power in the hands of the few.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
Rhode Island continues to respond to the terrible events that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in beautiful, moving and powerful ways. Last night hundreds gathered at the Roger Williams National Memorial, the site of our state’s very first Pride event 40 years ago, in solidarity, mourning and empowerment.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, LGBT, Youth | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Ethan Huckel, Fernando Gonzale, Gina Raimondo, Jennifer Smith Boylan, jorge elorza, josh miller, Kate Monteiro, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, Pulse, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, Roger Williams National Memorial, TGI Network of RI, Wendy Manchester Ibrahim, Youth Pride RI, YPI | 2 Responses
By Harry Rix on June 15, 2016
After 400 years of terror, isn’t it time for all Christians to speak out against ‘Radical Christian Extremism?’ Slavery was terrorism: Plantations were concentration camps. The Native American genocide was terrorism: The Trail of Tears was a death march. Hangings by slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan were terrorism: These murders—often perpetrated or approved by white ‘Christians’—were intended to grieve, horrify and intimidate blacks.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, History, Immigration, LGBT, National News, Opinion, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans | Tagged Islamophobia, love, Muslims, Radical Muslim Extremists, terror attacks, terrorism, truth | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2016
“How am I, a queer person of color, a queer woman of color, supposed to feel safe?” Flores-Maldonado asked, “We need to remember that Stonewall happened because trans-women of color had enough of police riots.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2016
Holding candles and signs, members of the LGBTQ community, with family friends and allies, sang songs and chatted. The mood was both somber and joyous in turn. As the sun set, the sight of hundreds of candles moving through the city streets was hauntingly beautiful.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 13, 2016
Rhode Island responds to the Pulse tragedy.
Updated Monday, June13, 5pm
Posted in Gun Control, LGBT, News, State House | Tagged AIDS Project RI, Barrack Obama, David Cicilline, Family Services of RI, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, Nicholas Mattiello, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RI Pride, RICAGV | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 13, 2016
Memorial service is also being planned for Tuesday, June 14, from 6-8pm at the Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 12, 2016
Our hearts are with our Florida brothers and sisters, their families and all those affected by this senseless act. We lament the agonizing loss of life, and we are renewed in our commitment to create a safer world.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
In the case of YPI, the Speaker said that he had heard the suggestion that, “guidance counselors in the school are in fact providing [these services]. Not specifically [for LGBTQ youth] but it’s something that is being addressed through other means.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Featured, LGBT, News, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, State Budget, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged community grants, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, John DeSimone, Marvin Abney, Nicholas Mattiello, OIC, Opportunities Industrialization Center, Youth Pride Inc, Youth Pride Inc. (YPI, YPI | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2016
“…using her birth name is both disrespectful and dangerous,” says Ethan Huckel of TGI Network of RI, “because it has the potential to out her as transgender. This is not only a violation of her privacy, but, depending on her personal circumstances, could jeopardize her safety.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 18, 2016
In contrast to Hillary Clinton, says Barney Frank, Bernie Sanders isn’t coherent on the issue of Wall St. “How can you say something is too big if you don’t know what size it should be?” asks Frank.
“Hillary,” says Frank, “understands how it all works.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, LGBT, News, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Barney Frank, Bernie Sanders, hillary clinton, seth magaziner, wall st | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on April 7, 2016
After I tweeted about it, Republican state Rep. Bobby Nardolillo wrote the governor about it, and the Providence Journal asked her about it, Gina Raimondo said she will invite to Rhode Island PayPal and other companies uncomfortable doing business in North Carolina because of a new law that legalizes discrimination against LGBTQ people. “I am […]