Rhode Island hosts its annual Pride Festival, celebrating members of the lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer communities this weekend. The events come about one week after a mass shooting in Orlando Florida, at gay nightclub that left 50 people dead, and injured dozens more.
After the attacks, organizers of the Providence Pride celebration quickly said that events would continue as planned, but with increased security as needed. RI Pride board member and organizer, Davide Gnoato talked with Rhode Island Public Radio about the celebration, security, and the response from the local LGBT community.
In light of last weekend’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, State police say they will step up security around this weekend’s gay pride events in Providence. State police Colonel Stephen O’Donnell says they’re working with Pride organizers to understand the needs.
“We had a meeting yesterday with about 30 different community leaders from the Pride event," said O'Donnell. "We tried to, one, alleviate their fears, and secondly, [will add] extra troopers, working with Providence Police at any of those events to make sure they’re as safe as possible.”
Pride events take place this weekend in Providence.