6th Annual Stonewall Lecture

- School of Law | Law 262RSVP Required

The 1969 Stonewall Riots marked a critical turn in the fight for LGBTQ rights, serving as the impetus for the formation of several gay, lesbian and bisexual civil rights organizations. Today we honor the numerous individuals who have fought for LGBTQ equality and justice and the many contributions they have made to advance this modern day civil rights movement.

Senator Dawn Euer
Senator Dawn Euer L'10

This year's keynote speaker is Senator Dawn Euer L'10. Senator Euer will be discussing the importance of allyship. What is allyship? Join the discussion...

Dawn Euer was elected in 2017 to serve Rhode Island Senate District 13 which encompasses Jamestown and most of Newport.  Senator Euer was appointed Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture in January 2021.  She is also a member of the Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Rules, Government Ethics and Oversight.  She works as Legal Counsel for Capitol Good Fund and in private practice at the Law Office of Dawn Euer.

Senator Euer is deeply passionate about preserving and protecting our environment and increasing affordable housing, human rights protections, women’s reproductive rights and safe and accessible access to voting.  She is dedicated to promoting equity in health and education, environmental justice, and to creating a sustainable climate-conscious economy.  As the representative of a district on the front lines of climate change, she is an outspoken advocate for substantial investments in renewable energy and resiliency.  Dawn has always been a steadfast ally to the LGBTQ+ community and served as the Deputy Campaign Manager of Marriage Equality Rhode Island. In her role, she helped oversee the largest grassroots campaign in Rhode Island's history that led to Rhode Island being the tenth state to recognize the rights and dignity of same sex couples.

During her time in the legislature, Senator Euer sponsored successful legislation to assist LGBTQ+ military veterans who were unfairly discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to have their discharges recognized as honorable and access state veteran benefits. Senator Euer was the lead sponsor of 2021's historic Act on Climate, the most comprehensive climate legislation in Rhode Island history. She was also lead sponsor of the 2022 Let Rhode Island Vote Act and the 2022 Affordable Clean Energy Security Act. 

4:30 PM lecture followed by a 5:30 PM reception.


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