This note first appeared in the April 2016 issue of Options Magazine.
Last month I was reminded of the impact that Options continues to have on LGBTQ community members and their families. After calling a game at AIDS Care Ocean State’s Drag Bingo, an event that we proudly sponsor, a woman inquired about a subscription for her son. After listening to her son’s experience coming out, and her interest in providing him with more information about our community, I proudly guided her through the latest issue of Options. He’s an aspiring artist finishing his senior year of high school, and while we haven’t met, his story is one that I, and many of our readers, can relate to. I encouraged his mom to visit a PFLAG meeting, a support group for parents and friends of lesbians and gays, and opened the door to Options if he or she had any interest in volunteering.
It’s easy to assume that all of your friends and acquaintances know about Options, but the unfortunate truth is that not everyone is familiar with the magazine despite our upcoming 34th anniversary in print. I challenge you to make the month of April a time when you give back to Options by helping us grow our readership. Can you find a friend who isn’t receiving Options, and encourage them to sign up for a free subscription? New subscribers should visit our website to submit their mailing addresses in an easy one-step process. With your help, we can make April one of our strongest subscription drives yet, and get Options into the hands of more people who need it, like my friend from bingo.
Often, people are shocked to learn that a subscription to Options is free. While we do accept and encourage donations, we are pleased to offer this community publication at no cost to readers. Given that we rely mostly on advertising income to be able to produce the publication, please be sure to patronize the advertisers you see in each issue.
With advertising in mind, I ask you to think about business owners you know and encourage them to support the community while growing their customer base by advertising in Options. Our June 2016 issue will again be the official guide to PrideFest and the Illuminated Night Parade. We’re pleased to offer an array of sizes to meet the needs of various organizations and are happy to extend a discount to registered nonprofits with prices as low as $90. Visit our advertising page to reserve you spot today. Don’t miss your chance to advertise in what will be the largest issue of Options ever printed!
With your support and enthusiasm we will raise awareness about all that Options has to offer, and impact the lives of even more people, including other high school seniors who are coming out and seeking a community.