By Kyle McKendall.
It has been an amazing few weeks watching the nonprofit community welcome spring in full force with a unified focus on the upcoming Pride season. I’ve had the honor of representing Options while attending Rhode Island Pride’s Triple Crown Pageant, AIDS Care Ocean State’s Drag Bingo, the Imperial Court of Rhode Island’s Coronation, the Renaissance City Softball League’s opening day ceremonies, the Trans Day of Remembrance, and Interweave’s Born this Way Prom to benefit Youth Pride Inc. SAGE-RI also hosted Put a Little Silver in Your Rainbow, which looked like a fabulous event held at the Warwick Art Museum. I hope you were able to get out and support these organizations by attending an event or two.
Over the next two months these organizations, along with Options, are preparing for PrideFest 2015. The festival and parade are organized by Rhode Island Pride volunteers and draw an estimated 30,000 attendees to downtown Providence. This is an incredible opportunity for nonprofits to showcase the organizations that provide essential services to our community, but we need your help to make it happen. These organizations would benefit from the support of new volunteers. I implore you to reconnect with an organization you’ve helped in the past, or initiate a new relationship and make 2015 the year you get involved with the nonprofit community. Often your commitments can be minimal, such as staffing a table for an hour during an event or at PrideFest.
Two members of the Options team are competing in King of Queens on May 17 to raise money for AIDS Care Ocean State. Finance Director Donny McKendall and Lesbian on the Loose Melanie Silva will receive drag makeovers and compete for the crown against ten other contestants. Event details are listed in the calendar. I hope to see you there!
On behalf of the team at Options, I’d like to congratulate a number of individuals who have taken on new leadership roles, including the 2015 Rhode Island Pride Triple Crown title holders: Mr. Gay Richie DeFilippo, Ms. Lesbian Lorena Gorman, Miss Gay Complete Destruction, Miss Bisexual Amber Giselle, and Miss Trans Alejandra Blaze, as well as Empress XXIII Angela Soprano-Butana of the Imperial Court of Rhode Island. We look forward to working with you all over the next year!