“This executive order is the first step towards expanding opportunities for residents who face difficulties accessing personal identification including immigrants, students, the homeless and members of the LGBTQ community.

These IDs boost pride, increase economic opportunity and bolster public health and safety. As leaders, it is the central role of mayors to ensure that all residents feel welcome, engaged and supported. Providence is an inclusive, forward-thinking city which values the dignity and contributions of its diverse communities. At a time when the forces that are dividing us are stronger than they have been in any of our lifetimes, it is important to take action to reassure all residents that they belong—no matter our differences.”