On November 3, at the RI Pride Honors event in Providence, RI Pride President Emeritus Joe Lazzerini called the Pride board of directors to join him on stage for a “big announcement,” revealing that the Pride team was very close to securing space for a community center set to open in fall 2020. The space is said to be around 5,000 square feet and located somewhere on Westminster Street in Providence. Attendees were urged to text PRIDERI to 44321 to donate toward the center because a donor match was in effect.
Said Pride Board Secretary Tina Blenke, “We’ve dreamed of building an inviting and inclusive, safe space for us to gather, that would house not only our offices but space for gatherings and events, a library for our own history, a kitchen for home-cooked meals, a living area for computers, and soft sofas for relaxing…. Next fall, we hope to welcome everyone to help us celebrate the grand opening of the Rhode Island Pride Community Center.”