A new signature RI Pride event celebrates the contributions of members of LGBT and allied communities. The evening will honor Russ & Beth Milham, Patricia Baker & Deborah Tevyaw and Rodney P. Davis.
RI Pride is pleased to announce the creation of a new event which celebrates the contributions of the members of the LGBT community and their allies. The Rhode Island Pride Honors will be held on Sunday, February 19 at 6pm in The Greenhouse at the Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI. Admission is $35 for individuals and $60 for couples. Table reservations are available and can be purchased at: http://ripridehonors.eventbrite.com.
Rhode Island PRIDE Honorees:
The Pyramid of Pride is awarded annually to an individual or organization who has made outstanding contributions to our community. This year, RI Pride is pleased to award this distinguished honor to an amazing couple who have been the personification of commitment, hard work and unconditional love. RUSS & BETH MILHAM have long been associated by their work with AIDS Quilt RI cultivating and maintaining this important tool which promotes healing, awareness and inspires action in the struggle against AIDS. As vocal advocates for fairness and equality, they helped create the Straight But Not Narrow Coalition, which fought for the successful passage of the 1995 Civil Rights Bill. They worked to make Channing Memorial Church a Welcoming Congregation and are committed to the fight for Marriage Equality. RI Pride is pleased to present its highest honor to Russ and Beth for helping make our state a better place for all of its citizens.
RI Pride also wishes to recognize two individuals whose commitment and sacrifice have served as an example for all to follow. The RI Pride Spirit Award is presented to the late PATRICIA BAKER and her surviving wife DEBORAH TEVYAW. The community lost a truly spirited fighter when Pat Baker succumbed to lung cancer last year. She and wife Deb Tevyaw spent Pat’s last months battling RI lawmakers for the protections they, and all Rhode Island families deserve. Deb tirelessly continues the fight in Pat’s honor.
Our final honoree has been a zealous fighter and organizer for over twenty years. It’s impossible to imagine Rhode Island Pride without RODNEY P. DAVIS, it’s fearless leader who has devoted so much of his life to creating opportunities for Rhode Island’s LGBTQ community to become more visible, integrated, accepted and united. Born and raised in Newport RI, Davis now calls Providence his home along with his partner Brian Mills. His service to the community not only includes his work with Pride but also as past president of the RI Alliance for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, volunteering for AIDS Care Ocean State, InterPride/NERP and a host of community groups and causes. His impact on the vital issues in our community is immeasurable and RI Pride is pleased to celebrate twenty years with him at this year’s RI Pride Honors.
Kate Monteiro, Anthony DeRose, Brian Mills, Alexis Gorriaran, Miss Kitty Litter, Jenn Steinfeld, Lauren Nocera, Dawn Euer, Ray Sullivan, Ken Fish, Martha Holt Castle, Senator Frank DeVall, Senator James
Doyle, Senator Josh Miller, Senator Donna Nesselbush, Rep. Chris Blazejewski, Rep. Grace Diaz, Rep. Jeremiah O’Grady, Rep. Deb Ruggiero, Rep. Anastasia Williams, and Speaker of the House Gordon Fox
Maureen DeLoreto, Andrew Snyder & Bob Waters, Mirabar, GET RI Magazine, Rep. Frank Ferri & Anthony Caparco & Town Hall Lanes, Cassarino’s Ristorante, The Melting Pot, Waterplace Restaurant, Marriott Downtown Providence and Marriage Equality Rhode Island
Event Sponsors: Options Newsmagazine, PFLAG, International Special Events Society (ISES) Rep. Maria Cimini, Rep. Edie Ajello, and Senator Rhoda Perry