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Gina Raimondo on Civil Rights

 

 


Signs law helping gay veterans get state and local benefits

Rhode Island's governor has signed legislation making it easier for veterans to get their state and local benefits if they were discharged from the military solely due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. "In the state of Rhode Island, if you're a veteran who's served, you oughta be eligible for veterans benefits that the state provides," Raimondo told local station WLNE-TV.
Source: NBC News on Biden Cabinet Confirmation Hearings , Nov 11, 2019

Signed Pride Month proclamation, defying local bishop

Raimondo joined the backlash against Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin's call for members of his flock to stay away from events celebrating the state's LGBTQ community.

"I think his tweet was unfortunate and made people here feel sad," Raimondo told reporters after signing a "Pride Month" proclamation at the State House. "They feel it was offensive and sad and they were made to feel like second-class citizens and no one should be made to feel that way."

Source: Providence Journal on 2022 Rhode Island Gubernatorial race , Jun 3, 2019

Ban conversion therapy for minors

Governor Raimondo, joined by Youth Pride, Inc., held a bill signing of legislation banning conversion therapy for minors. Rhode Island is now the tenth state to take action to protect minors from the horrific ramifications of conversion therapy.

"LGBTQ youth should know that there is a place for them in Rhode Island," Governor Raimondo said. "Conversion therapy is archaic, harmful, and should never be inflicted upon children. Countless studies have demonstrated that the psychological effects of conversion therapy are lasting and often devastating."

Conversion therapy encompasses a range of practices, many of which have been proven to be psychologically harmful, that aim to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identification. It is rooted in pseudo-science and has been linked to higher rates of depression, alcohol and drug abuse, and even suicide. The ceremony at the State Room followed the passage of 5277 SUB A.

Source: Press release on Rhode Island voting record on 5277 SUB A , Aug 29, 2017

Fight for pay equity for working women

Income and social inequality across our country--and here in Rhode Island--threaten to leave far too many people behind. For our state to succeed, every Rhode Islander must have the opportunity to participate in its economic revitalization. Left unaddressed, inequality also threatens to undermine any efforts to improve our state's economy. Gina will work every day to ensure that all Rhode Islanders are treated fairly and with the respect they deserve. As governor, Gina will:
Source: 2014 R.I. Gubernatorial campaign website, GinaRaimondo.com , Nov 4, 2014

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