Drag queens in evening gowns shared the block with parents pushing strollers along South Water Street at the annual R.I. PrideFest on Saturday afternoon. This year’s event — the 40th anniversary of the first march for equality in Providence — was organized under the theme “When We R.I.S.E.,’’ inspired by the ABC miniseries about the real-life personal and political struggles of LGBT activists from the Stonewall riots in 1969 through the
Options, Rhode Island’s longest running LGBT publication, is marking its 35th anniversary. To celebrate, the publication put on a gala celebration in downtown Providence on May 20, 2017. The publication has undergone many changes through the years, starting as a newsletter produced in conjunction with AIDS Care Ocean State and evolving into a glossy monthly magazine. “The dedication of our volunteers is the only reason Options has survived,” Kyle McKendall, the publication’s executive director, said while mingling with writers, readers and other supporters.