R 158
2021 -- S 0750
Enacted 03/30/2021

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator Tiara T. Mack
Date Introduced: March 30, 2021

     WHEREAS, March 31, 2021, marks the 12th annual International Transgender Day of
Visibility (TDoV) celebrating the resilience and success of transgender and gender non-
conforming people and raising awareness of transgender rights; and
     WHEREAS, Transgender individuals and organizations have made myriad contributions
to our state through volunteerism, advocacy, political engagement, military service, and cultural
and artistic expression; and
     WHEREAS, Transgender and non-binary people face significant cultural, legal and
economic challenges and are often forced to live with the fear of discrimination or violence; and
     WHEREAS, Calling attention to issues of systemic biases and individual transphobia and
providing protection under federal or state law is necessary in order to ensure basic protections
that guarantee human dignity; and
     WHEREAS, Education and training are the most effective tools employers can use to
facilitate workplace gender transitions and to raise awareness of gender non-conforming
designations because by promoting an inclusive workplace where all employees feel respected
and safe and one in which they can bring their whole selves, is good business; and
     WHEREAS, "Society has a responsibility to stand with a community so often
marginalized, to elevate people so often pushed down, to hear and speak to the pain and loss
faced by transgender individuals and to work to upend the system that tacitly permits it"; now,
therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island hereby commemorates
"International Transgender Day of Visibility" on March 31, 2021, and celebrates the myriad
contributions transgender persons inculcate and impart to society and the diversity of our state,
and urges all Rhode Islanders to prioritize inclusivity and equity for all; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and herby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the TGI Network of RI.