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Celebrating Five Queer Women Icons from Rhode Island: Trailblazers from Newport and Beyond

Updated: Mar 29

On Women's History Month, we're proud to spotlight five extraordinary women and individuals who made their mark on the world and called Rhode Island their home. From groundbreaking musicians to pioneering lawmakers and literary luminaries, these figures have helped shape our culture, advocated for equality, and inspired future generations. Join us as we celebrate their lives and their invaluable contributions.

Tiara Mack: Champion For Equality in Rhode Island Politics

Tiara Mack for NBC News, photo by Benjamin Branchaud

Tiara Mack (b. 1993) is a rising star in Rhode Island politics. She serves as a Democratic state senator and advocates for social justice. As a Black queer woman, Mack brings a unique perspective to her work and advocates tirelessly for LGBTQ+ rights, racial justice, and other progressive causes. Her legislative efforts have focused on advancing equality and inclusivity within Rhode Island, making her a powerful voice for change in the state. Mack's dedication to her constituents and commitment to building a more equitable society inspires us all.

Angela McCalla: First Queer Woman Of Color on the Newport City Council

Melissa Dubose: Breaking Barriers on the U.S. District Court

Wendy Carlos: Electronic Music Pioneer and LGBTQ+ Trailblazer

Blanche Oelrichs (Michael Strange): Newport's Literary Luminary and Bisexual Trailblazer

As we reflect on the lives and legacies of these remarkable individuals, let us be inspired by their courage, creativity, and resilience. Whether through music, politics, law, or literature, they have left an indelible mark on the world and paved the way for future generations of LGBTQ+ individuals to thrive. Let us honor their memory by advocating for equality, celebrating diversity, and building a more inclusive society for all.

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