Join Nick at Vote with Pride: An LGBTQIA+ Town Hall on February 20th, 2020
Providence, R.I., January 24, 2020–Rhode Island Pride and Options Magazine are excited to announce Vote with Pride: An LGBTQIA+ Town Hall, in partnership with the URI School of Education and Professional Studies and the URI Arts and Culture Program. Due to a special election for the Providence City Council’s Ward 1 seat, Rhode Island Pride and Options Magazine are providing community stakeholders the opportunity to directly engage candidates on the issues of importance to LGBTQIA+ constituents.
Electoral engagement is pivotal to the work Rhode Island Pride regularly undertakes, as we strive to deliver thoughtful leadership on the complex realities navigated by the LGBTQIA+ community. This work is made even more urgent by the recent news that one-in-five adults in our community is still not registered to vote. To address this, Rhode Island Pride will be providing voter registration opportunities at this upcoming town hall, as well as every upcoming event hosted throughout the year.
“Just getting our community registered is not enough. We need to make sure that we have sincere access to all candidates, so people can make informed decisions,” says Ray Sirico, President of Rhode Island Pride. “Our Vice President of Community Outreach Tina Blenke has made this a key initiative in her outreach plans.”
Rhode Island Pride’s Vice President of Community Outreach, Tina Blenke, says the organization intends to hold more events like this for future statewide and local elections in Rhode Island. “Watch for more of these events, as the election year unfolds. Candidates need to know and understand the LGBTQIA+ community here in Rhode Island holds a lot of votes and we want them to know we are going to hold them accountable,” she said.
The first-ever Vote With Pride: An LGBTQIA+ Town Hall will feature Providence City Council Ward 1 candidates Nick Cicchitelli, John Goncalves, and Anthony Santurri. This free event will be held at the University of Rhode Island’s School of Education and Professional Studies Paff Auditorium on 80 Washington Street in Providence at 6:30 p.m. The town hall will be moderated by Madeleine List of the Providence Journal and Jordan Mazza from ABC6 News and is open to the general public.