06-R 258

2006 -- H 8083

Enacted 05/09/06


H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N




     Introduced By: Representatives Handy, Jackson, Rice, Fox, and Ajello

     Date Introduced: May 09, 2006



     WHEREAS, Julia L. Pell, known to all as "Julie", was born on May 9, 1953, daughter of

US Senator, Claiborne Pell and Nuala Pell, the beloved partner of Julie Shelton Smith, the loving

step-mother of Elise McCaffrey, and the loving aunt to five nieces and nephews, Nicholas,

Tripler, Christine, Clay, and Ames; and

     WHEREAS, Julie was a leader in Rhode Island's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and

transgendered community, having served as President of the Rhode Island Alliance for Lesbian

and Gay Civil Rights, as a board member of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., a

strong supporter of Youth Pride, and the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties

Union; and

     WHEREAS, Julie was identified by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force as a

"powerful force in the world"; and

     WHEREAS, Julie worked to establish a positive voice, a positive face, and a positive life

for gay, lesbian, transgendered people and gay youth. She also worked at the Rhode Island State

House as an advocate for the Civil Rights Act for gays and lesbians, finally helping to secure

passage of the momentous Civil Rights Bills in 1995; and

     WHEREAS, Julie was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in the spring of 2005, and

lived nearly one year after her diagnosis, with grace, dignity and love for her family and friends;


     WHEREAS, Julie Pell passed away after a fierce battle with this cancer on April 13,

2006; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby commemorates the birthday of Julie Pell, and also recognizes and

celebrates her spirit of generosity to the community, her love for her family, life partner, and

friends, her devotion to Civil Rights for all, and her work within the legislature for equal

treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Rhode Islanders; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to all the general office holders and the members

of the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation.