Options, beginning publication in 1982, is a monthly all-volunteer LGBT news-magazine. Content focuses on the local LGBT RI community’s nonprofits and events. Five thousand copies are printed each month; 3,000 for subscribed households and 2,000 for local businesses. Due to certain circumstances, Options ceased publications for almost a year beginning in June of 2017. Since its relaunch in May of 2018, Options has hired a part time editor and has included new monthly content. With these changes, Options is believed to thrive and expand.
As part of Option’s relaunch, a new Youth Section has been incorporated where local LGBTQ youth can contribute short stories, poetry, art, or other relevant submissions. In conjunction, YPI has agreed to reach out to our interested youth and send in monthly submissions as often as we can get content.
YPI has three published articles in Options since its return in May. The first submission, Born This Way Prom, was written by Tiffani Carcieri, YPI Staff, and published in the June 2018 edition. The article recapped YPI’s experience at the annual Born This Way Prom put on by Interweave through Channing Memorial Church. The second submission was written by Youth Board Member, Benji Chaplin and Executive Director, Elana Rosenberg. Titled, Youth Pride Eases Students Into New School Year, the article discusses the anxiety around starting school and what services YPI offers to help ease them. This was published in the September edition. The third submission, Rainbow Party, was published in the hybrid October/November 2018 edition. The article is the same write up about our annual Rainbow Party as read in The Inside Scoop’s September edition.
Options provides digital issues of all magazine editions through their website. This great feature allows readers to access the literature wherever they are, right at their fingertips!
YPI looks forward to working more closely with Options and providing youth submissions for future issues. We are also excited to see Options expand and cannot wait to see what wonderful content they will continue to produce. If you, or a youth you know, are interested in submitting work to Options’s youth section, please email us!