39th Annual Rhode Island Pride Celebration

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Rhode Island Pride Announces 2014 Theme and Marshals

Triumph & Transformation

This year’s Rhode Island Pride has a clear favorite for its theme, a combination of several different ideas: “Triumph and Transformation.” “Triumph” celebrates RI marriage equality victory, which was not fully in hand last PrideFest, and the progress

Rodney Davis and Brian Mills are this year's Rhode Island Pride Grand Marshals  Photo: RI Pride

Rodney Davis and Brian Mills are this year’s Rhode Island Pride Grand Marshals
Photo: RI Pride

it has made as a community in breaking down the barriers and perceptions that prevented that victory. “Transformation” draws attention not only to the struggle for transgender inclusivity, but also to the changing nature of our community. We must remember, that while victory is sweet, we must adapt to the changing times and not forget that the struggle continues toward achieving equality and acceptance for all of us who make up the LGBTQQ community.

Rhode Island Pride wished to thank Rhode Island-based Art Saves People (www.laurenkoger.com/) who created and donated the rainbow butterfly logo representing the theme.

Grand Marshals

Rodney Davis and Brian Mills are recognized for their longtime leadership and contributions to the LGBT community in RI. Both Rodney and Brian have dedicated themselves to the advancement of our community through their leadership, volunteerism and activism for LGBT civil rights, marriage equality and developing programs and events for our community to come together.

Most recently Rodney served as the RI Pride President and has volunteered for more than 23 years. His partner Brian Mills is also a former board member and key lead in orchestrating the Triple Crown Pageant, PrideFest entertainment and the Illuminated Night Parade. Under the leadership and direction of Rodney Davis and Brian Mills, RI Pride has grown to be one of the premier LGBT Pride organizations in the region, organizing a diverse mix of year-round events and programs for the community to come together. The contributions from Rodney and Brian have been numerous and continue to have a lasting impact in shaping the LGBT community in Rhode Island. Both men continue to volunteer with Rhode Island Pride.

Stephen Alexander is Rhode Island's Pride Honorary Marshal.  Photo: RI Pride

Stephen Alexander is Rhode Island’s Pride Honorary Marshal.
Photo: RI Pride

Honorary Marshal

Stephen Alexander is the first out-and-proud, multiple-sport, high school & middle school transgender coach in the U.S. His many teams have given him the strength to share his story. Having played sports all his life, Stephen realizes the impact
that coaches and teammates can have on one another and their community. A believer in the importance of teamwork, Stephen knows that a transition play can make a big impact—whether it is in a game or in life, so he is using his story to address equal opportunities for all people.

For more information about Rhode Island Pride, visit its website at www.prideri.com/