Governor Gina Raimondo today signed a proclamation declaring June ‘Pride Month’ in the State of Rhode Island. Joined by members of Rhode Island’s LGBTQIA+ community, the Governor reinforced her commitment to upholding the values of inclusion and tolerance that have defined Rhode Island since its founding.

“The Rhode Island LGBTQIA+ community has made countless contributions to our state that we celebrate not only during Pride Month but every day of the year. I stand with the community and support them,” said Governor Raimondo in a press release. “This month serves as a reminder that we must always remain dedicated to the cause of equality. The values of tolerance and freedom that our state was founded upon remain as important as ever, and I am committed to ensuring Rhode Island remains a place where people from all walks of life are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.” 

The full text of the proclamation can be found below: 
WHEREAS, the LGBTQIA+ community has fought tirelessly for inclusion, equality, and inclusivity; and

WHEREAS, in light of continued attacks on members of the LGBTQIA+ community, especially against people of color, we have all the more reason to be more inclusive and to remain vigilant and united; and

WHEREAS, in Rhode Island, we remain committed to treating people of all walks of life with fairness and respect; and

WHEREAS, going forward we should continue to energize and serve as allies and activists for different marginalized communities; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island, do hereby proclaim June 2019, as: Pride Month in the state and encourage all residents to join me in recognizing the importance of this month.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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