From the Executive Director-March 2017

Kyle McKendall, Publisher of Options Magazine, HeadshotDear Readers,

With a new month upon us, the Options calendar got busy! Some fantastic events in March celebrate all our community has to offer.  I hope you’ll check out our calendar listings and attend a few things throughout the month.  The nonprofits, people, and businesses that put them on would love to have your support.

Our cover story highlights the Imperial Court of Rhode Island  (ICRI) as the organization prepares to celebrate its 25th coronation at the end of this month.  Bradford Greer begins the ICRI story in 1992 when it was formed.  He provides an insider’s look as to why the court was founded, the great work they’ve done throughout the years, and what to expect over Coronation Weekend.  If only I had this article as a resource before walking into my first Coronation several years ago, I may have been less overwhelmed by all of the pomp and circumstance that ensued!  I hope you’ll join us at Coronation XXV, March 30 through April 2,  to support this unorthodox organization, which has so benefited many.  I’m pleased to say that Options is a beneficiary, along with the Born This Way Prom.  Purchase your tickets soon.

There are two other upcoming events that we’d like to make a special mention of in hopes you’ll join us.

On Thursday, March 23 we’re hosting our Annual Meeting at The Village.  Join us from 5:00-7:00pm as we highlight the organization’s accomplishments in 2016, vote in the board of directors, and discuss future plans for Options.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the organization and ways that you can be involved as a volunteer.

In preparation for our 35th year in print, we’re planning the biggest party Options has ever hosted!  Start thinking of your outfit, because on Saturday, May 20, we’re hosting the Black & White Ball:  A Celebration of Options’ Past, Present, and Future.  You’re going to love the venue:  the brand-new Skyline located in Waterplace Park.  Come enjoy the food, drinks, and entertainment as we celebrate the great work of this publication; and pay tribute to the people who have helped shape it throughout the years.

In our April issue, we plan to highlight LGBTQ community members’ preferred workout regimens and fitness tips, as well as the many activities we have available to us all to stay active.  If you own a business that focuses primarily on health and fitness, we want you to advertise in this issue! Contact us at advertising@optionsri.org to get your ad in.

I hope to see you around town soon.  Be sure to say hello and share your thoughts on the work Options is doing.

Onward,

Kyle McKendall