The Providence City Council and the Providence City Archives have teamed up to create an online exhibit in celebration of PRIDE Month this June. The exhibit will share the history of LGBTQIA+ rights in Providence as well as highlighting the stories of today’s LGBTQIA+ community and their allies in the City.
From community leaders to local organizations and businesses, to out LGBTQIA+ residents and their allies; the goal of the exhibit is to share the diverse and wide-ranging stories that have enriched our community for so many years.
“Part of what makes Providence such an amazing place to live is that our residents have so many different backgrounds and personal stories that have shaped the fabric of our City. What I have found in my tenure on the Council is that everyone has a story to tell. We can all learn something from one another when we share these stories and listen to other perspectives. PRIDE Month is the perfect time for all of us to share those stories and experiences as allies and as members of the LGBTQIA+ community,” stated Council President Sabina Matos
The online exhibit will be updated throughout the month of June on the Providence City Council web page. Anyone who would like to participate can fill out the online survey created by Shaina Weintraub, the Reference and Multimedia Administrator to the City Archives.
“Working as a historian, I often find that marginalized groups are left out of the narrative. Women, minorities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community; so many people who make up the fabric of the City of Providence, did not get the recognition they deserved in the historic records that are supposed to tell the story of our City and nation. That it is why it is so important for us to start now. We all have a mark to leave and a story to tell. The City Archives is committed to sharing and preserving these stories and will be focusing on the LGBTQIA+ community not just for the month of June but moving forward into the future,” stated Ms. Weintraub.
The City Council and City archives also work together to create a Black History Month exhibit every year. Spearheaded by Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris and CIty Archivist Caleb Horton, this exhibit is on display at City Hall for the month of February and March. This year’s theme was Pillars on Race: The Story of Race in Providence from 1935 to Today. Community members have the opportunity to share their personal stories and experiences in this exhibit as well.
“I am so proud that the City Council and the City Archives have consistently committed to representing all members of our community. From race to gender, to sexual orientation, to religion everyone has a place in the City of Providence and I look forward to celebrating PRIDE Month with them and with everyone who participates in this exciting exhibit,” stated Councilor Rachel Miller.