R 285
2021 -- S 0942
Enacted 06/01/2021

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Murray, Bell, Goldin, and DiMario
Date Introduced: June 01, 2021

     WHEREAS, Annually, June is the month chosen to celebrate "Pride," a time for the
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities
and all Americans to reflect on the struggles and injustices endured by LGBTQIA+ communities.
It is a month to take pride in the progress that has been made since the fateful Stonewall Riots in
1969, in Greenwich Village, New York, which were in response to rampant discrimination by
police and a legal system that was hostile to the LGBTQIA+ community; and
     WHEREAS, LGBTQIA+ people still experience harassment and discrimination based on
their sexual orientation and gender identity locally, nationally and internationally. LGBTQIA+
people of color and particularly trans women of color face greater disparities in the areas of
health, housing, and criminal justice and are many more times likely to be the victims of fatal
violence; and
     WHEREAS, Although much progress has been made, including, but not limited to,
gaining civil rights protections in Rhode Island in 1995 and 2001, winning the right to marry in
Rhode Island in 2013, and nationally in 2015, more progress needs to be made; and
     WHEREAS, "Pride" is a time to celebrate the right to live authentically and to be proud
of "who you are" instead of ashamed by a social stigma that was, and unfortunately still is, a
reality in our society; and
     WHEREAS, In order to form a more perfect union, America was founded on the
principles of equality and "liberty and justice" for all, but for too long, since our nation's
founding, LGBTQIA+ and many other Americans have been denied those precious rights and
freedoms that were supposed to be granted to all; and
     WHEREAS, In this month of June, the LGBTQIA+ communities will be celebrating
notions of love, equality, understanding, respect, acceptance, and justice, and the belief that love
is love and that trans rights are human rights, and expressing solidarity in the continued fight for
social justice against all intersecting forms of oppression; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island hereby joyously celebrates
and commemorates June of 2021, as "Pride Month" in the State of Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Joseph Biden, President of the
United States, the Honorable Daniel McKee, Governor of the State of Rhode Island, the Rhode
Island Congressional Delegation, the LGBTQ Action Network, TGI Network of Rhode Island,
SAGE-RI, PrYSM, Youth Pride, Inc., Project Weber/Renew, Open Door Health, Black and Pink,
and Thundermist Health Center.