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's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).