Your Rights in Rhode Island
In an early victory for LGBT youth, GLAD in 1980 fought for and won the right of gay Cumberland high school student Aaron Fricke to take a male date to his senior prom.
Rhode Island's anti-discrimination law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity or expression. More →
Same-sex couples can marry in Rhode Island. Single gay people can adopt in Rhode Island; in most cases, same-sex couples can jointly become the legal parents of a child. More →
Sexual orientation and gender identity are protected characteristics under Rhode Island’s hate crimes laws. More →
Rhode Island law says that students, teachers and staff have the right to attend or work at a safe school. More →
Rhode Island laws protect people with HIV against discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing. More →
Although there are some exceptions, Rhode Island law requires informed consent for HIV testing (although it can be oral), but requires written consent for the release of HIV-related medical information. More →
Under Rhode Island law, a pharmacy may sell hypodermic needles and syringes. Possession of a hypodermic needle is no longer illegal in Rhode Island. More →
GLAD’s Work in Rhode Island
Update: Victory! The Rhode Island House passed the bill June 24 and the governor has signed it into… More →
Rhode Island’s Department of Education (RIDE) has issued guidelines to schools to protect the state’s transgender students.
“The guidance is… More →