R 357
2019 -- S 0964
Enacted 06/11/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Nesselbush, Bell, Murray, Valverde, and Felag
Date Introduced: June 11, 2019

     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. At times, they
are still subject to being physically beaten and abused, and treated like outcasts or criminals; 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 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 peace; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby joyously celebrates and commemorates 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 Donald J. Trump, President of
the United States, the Honorable Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island, and
the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation.