The Stonewall Inn was originally two stables in the 1800s. It became a gay bar in 1967 and was most popular among drag queens, transgender people, effeminate men, hustlers, and homeless youth.
One year after the 1969 Stonewall Riot in New YorK City, the nation commemorated the unprecedented uprising that fueled the launch of the LGBT civil rights movement.
About 40 people protested for gay rights (specifically federal employment) in front of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell on July 4, 1965. This is considered by some to be the start of the LGBT civil rights movement. Organized by pioneers Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, these “Annual Reminders” took place in Philadelphia each […]
by Christopher Dalpe. On Saturday, May 2, AIDS Care Ocean State will celebrate 25 years of HIV/AIDS support and prevention for the Rhode Island community at its anniversary gala, The Silver Lining. Options looks back at 25 years of milestones. 1987. The Family AIDS Center for Treatment and Support (FACTS) is incorporated on December 17th […]
by Adam Brooks. Community historian Steven Pennell is gathering stories from trans* Rhode Islanders of all ages to explore community issues around gender identity. Pennell will audio record interviews with community members (anonymously if preferred) and transcribe them to be an available resource for education and understanding. He intends to create a play to share […]
by Jen Stevens. Options: You’ve been representing voters on the East Side of Providence since 1993. What motivated you to campaign for State Representative? Edie: Civil rights and civil liberties have always been on my radar. The seat was open, as Rep. Ray Rickman was running for Secretary of State. I thought I would work […]
We need to reclaim the culture of feminism, creating a new wave for the twenty-first century; one that will inspire women and men to proudly commit to its true meaning. Jodi: Who are you? Jennifer: I am Jennifer Minuto, an activist, musician, songwriter, and a practicing attorney in the State of Rhode Island. I am […]
by Jen Stevens. Options: I recently learned you were born the day Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at The March on Washington. Has this influenced you in any way? Kate: While I do enjoy the connection, I think more than anything it’s an indication that I was born […]
by Samuel Simas, AIDS Project RI volunteer. As we uncork bottles of champagne and watch the glittering ball drop, it is important to reflect upon some of the many important moments that we’ve experience in the U.S. over the past year. Here is a short list of some bold and brave moments in 2014: Laverne […]
I’ll Meet You At… Bradford Greer I’ll meet you at… The Mirabar, The Stable, DeVille’s, The Alley Cat, Dark Lady, Eagle, Ego, or Lola’s? If you’re a socializing member of the community, chances are at some point this year you’ve opened one of these doors and bellied up to the bar to order your beverage […]