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First We Mourn. Then We Fight.

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APRI Mailing At-home HIV Testing Kits

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Drag Out the Vote

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Gay in the Everyday

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Felicitations

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Pride Lack of Action Concerns the Community

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Report from SAGE-RI

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Reopening YPI

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News from TGI Network

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Open Door Health: Up & Running Through COVID

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From the Editor-in-Chief Dear Reader, Political activism is a hallmark of the LGBTQ community, and sure enough we are rising to meet this moment. As we march for justice for Black and trans lives taken (p. 16), oppose the appointments of homophobic justices (p. 10), and volunteer to swing states blue (p. 12), we know that the surest way to safeguard the rights we’ve fought so hard for, and to bring the promise of equality to within reach, is to vote – and “drag” others to the polls with us (p. 18). My most fervent wish is that the next time I write to you, we are rejoicing in 45’s defeat. Let’s act now so we have no regrets when the election results are confirmed. As our community summoned its courage to adjust to life in this pandemic, creativity and flexibility became necessary to pursue our missions. People are still having sex, so the RI Department of Health will mail condoms to your door (p. 10), and AIDS Project RI will mail at-home HIV testing kits (p. 15). “Zoom” now looms prominent in the lexicons of our local nonprofits. SAGE-RI (p. 22), TGI Network (p. 23), and Youth Pride Inc. (p. 23) all offer virtual services to the older adult, trans, and youth constituencies they serve respectively. Alarmingly, the disarray at RI Pride following various allegations directed at previous members of its executive board awaits resolution (p. 21). Don’t miss out on the chance to double your gift to Options through the end of the year, thanks to an anonymous matching donation of up to $5000 from a longtime supporter. When fiction suffices for news, and Google and Facebook take in well over half of all advertising dollars, it’s easy for small, independent news outlets to succumb these days; it’s the encouragement from supporters – both in small and large acts – that makes the choice to fold difficult. Please read a message from our board (p.6) with a spirit of openness to joining the mission that has held since 1982: to share resources and tell the story of our community. In solidarity, Jen Stevens

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e are pleased to present our latest print edition of Options after a two-issue hiatus due to COVID-19. Please join us in thanking our editor, designer, editorial staff, production staff, and loyal advertisers for making this issue possible. And we especially thank you for reading. Without you we would not be here. This issue comes at pivotal, crucial moments for our community and our country. Two of these, of course, are the upcoming election and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Add to this the work of dismantling white supremacy, finding a way toward achieving racial and health equity, and the need for bold reform of the prison-industrial complex. We are in crisis, but this is our opportunity to make some real, immediate changes for the better. That does not come by doing what we’ve always done, or refusing to see other ways forward. As our community knows, change comes with action, protest, and creativity. Please make sure you are registered to vote by October 4, and cast your vote by or on November 3. Find info at vote.sos.ri.gov. This is also a pivotal moment for Options. We have an exciting announcement and a bold request to make. A longtime Options supporter pledged to donate up to $5,000 as a matching gift! We are thrilled with this individual’s commitment and generosity. Our request? Help us reach our match goal of $5,000 by Dec. 31! No contribution is too small, and every donation that moves us closer to that goal is appreciated. In accordance with the donor’s wishes, these funds will be used to rebuild our website (optionsri.org). We are excited about the opportunities that this gift opens to us in moving Options forward and enhancing the information and news we provide the community. Donations can be made through our website or by mailing a check to: Options, P.O. Box 6406, Providence, RI 02940. Thank you in advance! We need a few key volunteers to keep things moving! Check out these positions. Thank you for being part of the Options family, and for your ongoing support of the premier LGBTQ+ news and information resource for Rhode Island and Southern New England. And a final reminder to wear your masks in public, wash those hands, and vote by or on November 3! In solidarity and with optimism for the future, Options Board of Directors Mike, Ashley, and Mikel

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leadership program. Six-week sessions, two hours each week. Interested youth can email Jesus@youthprideri.org. T Virtual LGBTQ+ Survivor Support Group, 3-4pm. Online session hosted by Sojourner House. For info, contact Evan Jones at ejones@sojournerri.org. T Virtual Male Identifying Survivors Group, 7-8pm. Online session hosted by Sojourner House. For info, contact Kassie Hawkins at khawkins@sojournerri.org.

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Trans and Gendernonconforming Survivor Support Group, 4-5pm. Hosted by Sojourner House. For info, contact Evan Jones at ejones@sojournerri.org. T LGBTQ+ Grief Support Group, second and fourth Tuesdays, 3-4:30m via Zoom. Sponsored by HopeHealth,

Hospice and Palliative Care. No cost. Contact group facilitator Alex Zima at azima@hopehealthco.org to register. T Gender Spectrum, 4-5pm via Discord. Discussion/ support group for trans and nonbinary youth. For info, contact lukas@youthprideri. org. T SOLACE Youth Group, 4-6pm. Sponsored by AIDS Care Ocean State. Contact Scott Mitchel for info at 6403108. T Dungeons and Dragons, 5-7pm via Discord. Play D&D with YPI and Imagination Guild. Ages 1423. For info, contact Dev at Dev@youthprideri.org. T Nonbinary Peer Support Group, 7-7:40pm via Zoom. Hosted by TGI Network. For info, borderlands@ tginetwork.org.

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Men’s Support Group, 1-3pm. Hosted by AIDS Care Ocean State. For info, contact Scott Mitchel at 6403108. T The Way Out, 4-5pm on Discord. General LGBTQ youth support group. For access, new youth should email Dev@youthprideri.org. T Transgender, GenderDiverse, and Intersex Peer Support Group, 7-8:30pm via Zoom. For info, borderlands@tginetwork. org. T Beyond the Understanding of Gender, 3:30pm. Hosted by Project Weber/ RENEW. For info, beyond@ weberrenew.org.

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Zoom Cafe, noon via Zoom. Can be attended by computer or smart device with video or just audio by dialing in on your home or cell phone. For info or to practice, contact sageriinfo@ gmail.com. T Social Space for 13 and Under Youth, 4:30-6pm via Zoom. For access, new youth should email Tiffani@ youthprideri.org to obtain a consent form to join. T Queer Vespers Service, 7-8 pm via Zoom. Hosted by TGI Network, an online ecumenical service led by Rev Gwendolyn Howard. Readings, meditation, music, and candlelight. For information on Zoom link email queer.vespers@gmail. com.

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Newport: meets 2nd Monday of the month at the Parish Hall, Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham Street, Newport, RI www.PFLAGprovidence.org for more information Email: PFLAGprovidence@gmail.com Like us on Facebook: PFLAG Greater Providence, RI Follow us on Instagram & Twitter @PFLAGProvRI

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October Through December 20 The Newport Art Museum presents “Andy Warhol: Big Shot.” For info, Newportartmuseum.org/ exhibitions/warhol. Thu 1 Sage Zoom Cafe, noon via Zoom. Pat Burbank, DNSc, RN - SAGE-RI and Ocean State Center for Independent Living, Staying Healthy, and Independent as We Grow Older. The Zoom call can be attended by computer or smart device with video or just audio by dialing in on your home or cell phone. If you have any questions or would like to practice, please contact sageriinfo@gmail.com. Sat 3 & Sun 4 35th Annual APRI AIDS Run/Walk for Life, online. Details available at https://aidsprojectri.org/runwalk. Virtual celebration to be held October 5. Sun 11 National Coming Out Day. Be out! Be proud!

November Sun 11 Celebration of Paul McNeil's life (on his birthday) and Pride at Work Meeting, 4-6pm. The Mediator Fellowship, 50 Rounds Avenue, Providence. Paul’s favorite desserts and pineapple juice provided. Masks and social distance required. Strive for justice, build solidarity with the oppressed, and stay true to your friendships and ethics to keep Paul’s legacy alive. Photo and video submissions are welcomed at pauljmcneiljr@gmail.com or as posts on his Facebook profile. Wed 14 Queer Book Club, 7pm. Reading: Little Fish by Casey Plett. For Zoom link, find Providence Queer Book Club on Facebook. Wed 28 Promoting Quality Care for Older Adults: Issues and Strategies, 8:30-10am via Zoom. Day one of a two-part series hosted by SAGE-RI. Registration is $20 through Eventbrite.com. For info, sageriinfo@gmail.com.

Wed 4 Promoting Quality Care for Older Adults: Issues and Strategies, 8:30-10am via Zoom. Day two of a two-part series hosted by SAGE-RI. Registration is $20 through Eventbrite.com. For info, sageriinfo@gmail. com. Wed 18 Queer Book Club, 7pm. Reading: Boy Erased by Garrard Conley. For Zoom link, find Providence Queer Book Club on Facebook. Fri 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance service, 7pm. Hosted virtually. For info, www. tginetwork.org.

December Tue 1 Virtual World AIDS Day event hosted by the RI HIV & STI Coalition, details coming soon at Facebook.com/RIHSC or ri.hiv.sti.preventioncoalition@gmail.com.

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NEWS BRIEFS by Myra Shays

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Free Condoms by Mail from RIDOH Due to COVID-19 precautions, many of RIDOH’s free condom distribution locations statewide are no longer accepting walkin traffic. RIDOH is making free condoms, lubricant, and dental dams available by mail to anyone in Rhode Island who fills out a brief survey.Those who order can expect to receive a small, discreet mailer with approximately 10-15 condoms, depending on their preferences. Rhode Islanders can order free condoms and other safe sex supplies by going to health.ri.gov/std and clicking on “Find Free Condoms by Mail” or ordering them by clicking on “Get Free Condoms By Mail” under the “Condoms” category on RIDOH’s RIghtTime sexual health app (righttimeapp.com). October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Sojourner House Offers Resources by Sarah DeCataldo

disclose abuse for many reasons, including fear of being outed, fear of retaliation, and fear of not being believed by professionals. Sojourner House, recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI as a Safe Zone, offers programming and an environment that is not only welcoming to all, but also addresses the specific needs of and barriers experienced by LGBTQ+ community members. Services offered include emergency shelter, safe housing, clinical therapy, victim advocacy, free HIV testing, and support groups. A hotline and text line are available 24/7 and LGBTQ+ specific support groups and advocacy are currently offered virtually. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please call Sojourner House at 401-765-3232 or visit www. sojournerri.org.

Homophobes on list of Possible Justices

The Progress Channel Launches in Rhode Island

In September, The Progress Channel launched its flagship The CDC reports that LGBTQ+ program The Progress Report people experience domestic with Dee Sage, which streams violence at higher rates than live on Tuesdays at 9pm. Sage their straight and cisgender says, “It’s about lifting voices that peers. Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ are silenced: Black and Brown victims are also less likely to 10 options

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voices, LGBTQIA+ voices, women’s voices, and others that major media companies do not highlight.” His guests have included RI Senate candidate Tiara Mack, Woonsocket councilman Alex Kithes, Woonsocket city council candidate Charmaine Webster, and RI State Senator Melissa Murray. Executive Producer Ken Barber said of their upcoming special election night (November 3) episode, “We want people to have a place to go to watch local reactions to the election, both on the national and state level.” To learn more, visit theprogresschannel. com, or contact info@ theprogresschannel.com.

On September 9, President Trump released a list of possible nominees to the Supreme Court, if vacancies were to occur. Then Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18. The list includes some of the most anti-LGBT activists sitting on the bench today, according to a statement from Lambda Legal, a major civil rights organization, which says these people have alarming conservative, anti-LGBT


and anti-civil rights records, as reported in the Windy City Times. Though Trump has since said he would pick a woman, Appellate Judge Lawrence Van Dyke, who was deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association due to specific concerns about his inability to treat gay litigants fairly, made the list. Others are officials whose careers have been marked by hostility to civil rights, particularly those of LGBT people.

policy that currently bars blood donations from gay men. Based only on sexual orientation, the policy ignores the science of HIV testing accuracy, which has advanced significantly and been substantiated by immunologists and the Centers for Disease Control. The FDA’s original 1983 policy mandated that gay and bisexual men could not ever donate blood for fear of HIV transmission regardless of their HIV status. This did not apply to heterosexuals. Amended in 2015, gay and bisexual men were allowed to donate blood if they had abstained from sex with another man for one year. The FDA amended the policy again in April, requiring only three months of abstinence because of the blood shortage due to coronavirus.

risk assessment, as we’ve seen countries across the world adopt. An arbitrary blanket ban, especially during a crisis, is simply unacceptable. This past year, awareness on this issue has continued to grow and this bill marks yet another important step in Congress’s fight for the full and equal treatment of all Americans.” Bret Jacob Becomes Providence LGBTQIA+ Liaison

Mr. Gay RI 2019 Bret Jacob serves as the Deputy Director of Policy in Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s administration, and has now accepted the additional role of LGBTQIA+ Liaison, meaning he is a resource for community members. Jacobs said in a statement on Science in Blood Donation September 25,“Even as Providence Act of 2020 has maintained its perfect score by Bradford Greer In their press release, Rep. on the HRC's Municipal Equality Quigley stated, “Our work will Index under his leadership, [Mayor Reps. Val Demmings (D-Fla.) and not be complete until FDA Elorza] knows that there is still Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) introduced approves a non-discriminatory, far more work to be done, and the Science of Blood Donation science-based policy that that racial and economic justice Act of 2020, which would properly addresses individual are necessary components of eliminate the discriminatory LGBTQIA+ equality.”

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First We Mourn. Then We Fight: Why You Need to Vote and Volunteer Now by Marti Rosenberg

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n Friday morning, September 18, it was crucial for LGBTQ Rhode Islanders that we unelect Donald Trump as President.

about the last four years for white LGBTQ people in this country has been so much worse for LGBTQ people of color. Think of the growing number of black trans women who have been killed, including through police brutality or lack of protection by prison staff.

– and if you care about ending police brutality, freeing children in cages at the border, preserving reproductive justice, saving our burning planet, and about the 200,000 people (at this moment) who have died from COVID – you have the power to help fight back.

I know I don’t have to remind you how bad the current administration has been, but I will, just briefly: their opposition to the Equality Act, the ever- You know it’s been bad. But now, after How? First, by talking to your family, growing number of anti-LGBTQ judges, Friday evening, September 18, with friends, and neighbors in Rhode Island the roll-back of so many of the and in the rest of the country. LGBTQ protections granted Email SwingStateVolsRI@gmail.com Are they registered to vote? If not, by the Obama administration, with your name and phone number, and visit the Vote America website, including Department of Justice you'll get information on how to volunteer in where you can check your interpretations of the Civil Rights phone banks led by Rhode Islanders. registration and follow the links Act to protect transgender and to election info from every state non-binary workers. Plus banning and Washington, DC. transgender service members and the passing of Supreme Court Justice those living with HIV from the military Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the risks are Are you registered to vote? (Do the because of who they are or their health exponentially increased. In other words, same.) status. Then there’s the push to remove you know it can get even worse. We protections of the Affordable Care Act may be able to influence the Supreme Do you and your family or friends have for LGBTQ people – and the hypocritical Court fight, and we should try hard. But a plan to vote? Will you vote by mail? claims that they will improve the ACA we know we can influence the election, Vote early in person (which you can do in Rhode Island and in many states with a new plan. and we must. throughout the country)? Or will you And everything that has been awful If you care about our LGBT community vote on Election Day?

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Note: I’m a big fan of early voting in person. I have voted at the Cranston City Hall for most of the recent elections. There’s hardly ever a line (but I’d be happy to wait in one if there was), and I can do it at my convenience. You can find early voting info for Rhode Island, which runs between October 14 and November 2, and everything else you need to know about voting in Rhode Island elections, through the RI Secretary of State’s website. For your friends and family in other states, they can go back to that Vote America page to the election pages for each state.

your name and phone number, and you'll get information on how to volunteer in phone banks led by Rhode Islanders. We talk to people in key swing states (like Florida, or Nevada) across the country. Or, to join the Democratic National Committee texting team, visit Democrats.org/take-action. You can also pay attention to our local races in Rhode Island. We have many LGBTQ-supporting General Assembly and municipal candidates – both incumbents and new candidates – who

can use donations or help. You can learn more at the Rhode Island Working Families Party website or at the Reclaim RI website. Yes, it’s a tough time, and it’s possible to get discouraged. But if we get motivated – and we get active – it’s possible to make change. Thanks in advance for getting involved! Rhode Islander Marti Rosenberg is a longtime LGBTQ+ activist, community organizer, and political strategist.

OK, now that you’ve got the voting details down for everyone you know, you can fight back by volunteering on the election through phoning or texting. I know that it’s hard to find time. It’s sometimes awkward to learn how to use the phone banking or texting software. But compared to how difficult it will be if the Supreme Court has a 6-3 conservative tilt, and we still don’t have an LGBTQsupporting President in the White House or a majority in the US Senate, phone banking could be a breeze! Here’s how it works:

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You sit in the comfort of your own home, talking or texting with voters. You use your phone and a computer – or for texting, just a computer. You get trained – and then have support during your shifts. You sign up for shifts that match your schedule. You can have some wonderful conversations with friends you haven’t met yet. Will you talk to some people you don’t agree with? Yes, but just take a breath, and go on to the next call! How can you get involved? Email SwingStateVolsRI@gmail.com with

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APRI Launches At-Home HIV Testing Program Rhode Islanders can now get free tests by mail to learn their HIV status in the privacy of their homes

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his past March, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was talking with my HIV testing and prevention team and at some point said, “Oh, we’ll likely just work from home for the next two to three weeks.”

and texts with clients, and we were happy to be able to provide a service that they clearly wanted. As we wonder what the next few months will look like as the pandemic continues, we’re working to expand our at-home testing program to more parts of the state, and make sure folks who may not

To order free condoms and other safer sex supplies from the RI Dept. of Health, please visit https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ std/ and look for the link on the left-hand side to order.

APRI is dedicated to providing a It’s September as I write this, and we’re compassionate, nonjudgmental, and still mostly working from home. We’re collaborative response to the needs of also not quite ready to resume people living with, affected by, and When we quietly unveiled the program at risk for acquiring HIV. APRI, a in-person HIV and hepatitis C testing, though limited testing by in late spring, the response confirmed division of Family Service of Rhode appointment is coming in October. that many people were waiting for and Island, currently provides the largest number of support services in the appreciated this option. We learned quickly during March state for individuals living with HIV/ and April that, even at the height yet feel comfortable going to a medical AIDS, as well as comprehensive prevention of a new pandemic, many people were provider setting, or who may have never and testing services. For more information, still having sex with partners they did been tested before, know they have this please visit aidsprojectri.org. not know well, they still needed access option. We can help guide them through to safer-sex supplies, and many were the process. worried about their HIV status. There are many ways we can keep In coordination with the Rhode Island ourselves healthy right now, even during Department of Health, we soon pivoted uncertain times. Wash those hands. Wear to purchase at-home HIV testing kits and your masks. Get your flu shot. And if worked toward mailing them out free to you’re sexually active, make sure you get any Rhode Island resident who was at risk. tested! When we quietly unveiled the program by Mikel Wadewitz, Director, in late spring, the response confirmed To request a free, at-home HIV testing AIDS Project Rhode Island that many people were waiting for and kit, please visit www.aidsprojectri.org/ appreciated this option. Our team quickly athome. (We will include condoms with adapted to a world of phone calls, emails, mailed tests.)

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Connecting through COVID W

hen you think about socializing and having a good time with your friends all summer long, things like masks, face shields, q-tips up your nose and temperature checks wouldn’t be what immediately comes to mind. Normally, you’d think of laughter, sunshine, and tropical flowing libations. Unfortunately, 2020 has given us anything but that. However, I am here to tell you that you can still have a good time while being responsible and socially distant amidst the craziness that is 2020. Back in March when everything hit, my partner-in-crime LaDiva Jonz had the brilliant idea to start putting virtual content on social media as a way to entertain and engage with the community. And so, “The View” Virtual Drag Brunch was conceived. After a few successful episodes, we decided to try our hand at a primetime version of our show, which was a hit! During Primetime, LaDiva does a fabulous cooking segment called “15-Minute Meals with LaDiva,” where she welcomes a special guest into the kitchen each week. Many community leaders and businesses got involved and graciously sponsored our shows. What we thought would be a show we would have to do for a couple months on Facebook, has now been going strong for over 35 episodes! If you’d like to join in on the fun, you can tune in each Sunday at 2pm on Facebook Live. Navigate to LaDiva Jonz, Jacqueline DiMera, or yours truly’s Facebook page to see all the hijinks go down! If brunch isn’t your thing, you can watch our Primetime episode, which airs at 9pm on various days of the week.

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If true social interaction is what you crave, then the nightlife scene still has much to offer. Granted, things may look a bit different from what we’re used to, but we can still hit the town in a safe and responsible way with our closest friends, have a drink or two, and remain socially distant.The staff of our favorite stomping grounds have done remarkable work to ensure this is possible. Be sure to check out the Alley Cat, Dark Lady, Eagle, Mirabar, and Stable if you’re craving a stiff libation and some inperson laughs with friends. From socially distant outdoor seating to yummy freshly made snacks, each bar offers something different. While it’s not what we're used to, we each have to do our part to support our favorite establishment so they can come out victorious on the other end of this. I can’t wait until life resumes to a new sense of normalcy. Until then, I implore community members to take all the necessary and safe social precautions when leaving your house – especially wearing your mask. The only way through this is together! Until we meet again, Haley

Another fun way you can stay social and try to maintain a semblance of normalcy is Drag Bingo. While this is usually a fun night out every month to benefit AIDS Care Ocean State, we have taken Drag Bingo to Zoom. Who knew there was a website where you could play Bingo with anyone in the world? The third Thursday of each month we get together on a Zoom meeting and play Drag Bingo virtually. This has been a welcome change to the normal Drag Bingo, as we get to interact with each guest in a more intimate setting. If you are missing out on your fill of queens and gambling, check out the AIDS Care Ocean State website for info on how you can join us next time.

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Sashaying to the Polls with Drag Out The Vote by Jacqueline DiMera

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onceived in 2017, Drag Out The Vote was born out of one woman’s determination to get the LGBTQ+ and allied communities engaged in voting. After realizing 100 million people did not vote in 2016, including many in the LGBTQ+ community, Founder & Executive Director Jackie Huba set out to find a solution. Drag Out The Vote is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works with drag performers to promote participation in democracy. They educate and register voters at drag events online and offline, by organizing local and national voter activations. Led by fierce drag kings and queens across the nation, they advocate for increased voter access

and engagement in 2020 and beyond. A few months ago, Drag Out The Vote launched their national Drag Ambassador program. Why Drag Ambassadors? Since its earliest inception, drag has blended art and activism. On stage and online, drag performers command attention, speak their minds, and make a statement with every move. Drag queens and trans women of color gave us the Stonewall uprising in 1969. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence organized and educated the queer community during the HIV/ AIDS crisis of the 80s. Drag artists not only headline Pride main stages, but also challenge our perceptions of gender and speak their minds every day. This national, first-of-its-kind program will be used to assemble Drag Ambassadors across America to drag out the vote in November. One in five LGBTQ+ people are not registered to vote, and youth turnout continues to be a challenge, election cycle after election cycle. The power of these two groups has the potential to change the future of our country – for trans rights, queer workplace protections, access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, for access to genderaffirming healthcare, and more. These issues, and so many others, matter to the audiences of drag performers, be they television stars or local nightclub legends. As one of the first Drag Out The

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Vote Drag Ambassadors and the first to represent Rhode Island, I could not be more excited to be working with the incredible team at Drag Out The Vote. They are a small, but extremely mighty and determined band of individuals who have been working day and night for the past several months. Shout-outs go out to Executive Director Huba and

her Five Senses Reeling (the agency of record) team, stationed across America. This team provides the tools and resources to harness love of politics and individual brands of drag to make a difference in this election. Together, we are determined to ensure that the voices of all LGBTQ+ individuals across the United States are amplified from coast to coast this election season. This August, a partnership was formed among Drag Out The Vote, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, and yours truly


to make Rhode Island the second state (after California) to endorse the mission of Drag Out the Vote. This partnership will include public awareness campaigns conducted through traditional and social media and will provide Rhode Islanders with vital information on how to register to vote, ways to cast a ballot and important election deadlines. The national Drag Ambassador program is now over 300 drag artists strong and is led by three national cochairs, who set the blueprint for this program via their personal activism. They include Brita Filter of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12, Jaremi Carey (also known as Phi Phi O’Hara) of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4 and All-Stars 2, and Marti G. Cummings, prominent drag performer, activist, and passionate organizer in NYC. To register to vote, check your voter registration, make a donation, or learn more about Drag Out The Vote, please visit their Facebook page (Drag Out The Vote) or their website at https://www.dragoutthevote2020. org/. Election day may be November 3, but why delay!? Request your mail ballot from your Secretary of State as soon as possible, or sashay your way to the polls for early voting in Rhode Island from October 14 through November 2, and October 17-30 in Massachusetts.

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Felicitations

By Felicia Nimue Ackerman

Nell and Cecily Zoom into Fall We've gone back to college, but only online. We're Zooming to class, and we think this is fine. When thoughts are what people are there to exchange, It's hardly essential to be at close range. Outside of our classes, we stay at our place Or amble outdoors and don't fear to embrace.

Gay in the Every Day By Page Wooller I fight for you in your front line armies You treat my kind like we are barmy Insane

Disposal Proposal Reality's waiting to give you a thump. Not voting for Biden is voting for Trump. So safeguard your rights if you're trans or you're gay. Stand up to the bigot and vote him away.

A part of society that should not remain We’ve been here from the very start, and all you can do is deny our heart We educate, clean up, and serve you food And yet our personal life is still viewed as lewd We save your lives each and every day And yet we are unable to be accepted as gay So much suffering will always exist Can we not learn to get along? We will always persist For we are children of nature as much as you If the shoe fits, then wear the shoe We are not to be feared, for we are all one Just as when we begin, there is no such thing as sin The female world rules until six weeks pass For some of us, this ruling still lasts Into adulthood as if there is something wrong with an artist being an artist and a singer singing their song With a world ruled by women, less is still less when you’re dealing with men Equality rocks a world so fully formed And looks for those they deem to condemn For those of you thinking we are different, we are really the same It really depends on how you’re playing the game Life can be something you can really enjoy and not a constant time you have to destroy Hard work and ambition we all have inside Let’s all be friends now and not have to hide The inner hurt we have on both sides Let lovers be lovers

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Pride Lack of Action Concerns the Community I

n late 2019, on the evening that Thom Meredith was elected to the RI Pride Board of Directors, he reports being sexually assaulted, and then physically assaulted by a top-ranking member of the Pride board. When he found the courage, months later, to disclose his story to the executive board members, he hoped for some kind of public restorative justice. But in his view, his allegations were “quietly handled,” and were not disclosed even to the remainder of the board, while the perpetrator was permitted to continue to be a central figure during Pride month. The consequences of Meredith’s disclosure, he went on to say, were decided three weeks later in a closed executive session, where a vote was taken to remove the alleged perpetrator from the board. In the days that followed, other accusations were aimed at Pride, including a lack of public accountability, other instances of sexual misconduct, financial wrongdoings, and a deliberate cover-up on the part of Pride’s executive board. Within days, several executive board members resigned, each citing their own reasons for doing so. The community sprang into action. By early July, The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health released a statement saying it would utilize a restorative justice framework to form a “survivor-centered space for those who have been harmed by members of Rhode Island Pride... to

foster community healing and determine whether the group wants to ask for accountability from those who have caused harm.” In addition, an online survey was created for community members to document “Harms Done by Rhode Island Pride.” Meanwhile, new leadership emerged at RI Pride. Most notably Tatiana Renders, the recently appointed Board Secretary, assumed the role of Acting President, becoming the first woman of color to lead the organization. According to Meredith, the remaining board members committed openly to a new period of transparency, and agreed to contract with a restorative justice specialist and institute a forensic financial audit. In late July, with one day’s notice, a community meeting was called by Renders. Of the many community members attending the Zoom call, several told their stories in what felt like an atmosphere of catharsis. It seemed that perhaps, as damaging as events had been, there was a sense of healing, and of having been heard. Community members came forward in the days that followed with offers to help the remaining and fairly inexperienced board members. It was clear that the community would be watching Pride’s next steps closely. Suggestions were made for the organization to demonstrate absolute transparency,

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prepare for an external audit, and involve the larger community in a process of board development. However, the August 12 board meeting opened with the announcement that meetings would no longer be open to the public, which Renders said was meant to keep meetings to a reasonable length of time. Then it was announced that an external audit would not be forthcoming for financial reasons, although a smaller internal audit might be in the works. Last, the group declined to make any statement about the sexual abuse allegations. The reaction of those community members in attendance was one of dismay, frustration, and wariness. They turned to social media, decrying the lack of public accountability for the allegations of sexual misconduct, the subsequent coverups, and a lack of assurances of transparency. Thom Meredith tendered his resignation from the board shortly after that meeting, citing a loss of confidence in Pride’s leadership. The future of Pride remains to be seen, and all eyes will be on the current leadership of this decades-old organization. Note: While our writer did speak with Thom Meredith, some information was found in his Facebook statements. Options made many attempts to reach current leadership at Rhode Island Pride for comment but did not receive a response.

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REPORT FROM SAGE/RI by Cathy Gorman, SAGE-RI Steering Committee

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hen April’s SAGE-RI’s report was SAGE-RI’s “Promoting Quality of Care LGBT older adults in need of health care published, it seemed possible for LGBT Older Adults: Issues and and housing services is more critical now normal programming might resume Strategies” workshops are scheduled for than ever, given our growing LGBT older within a few months. Now, so many Wednesday mornings, October 28 and population and the current COVID-19 months later, reliable public health experts November 4, 8:30-10:00am via Zoom. crisis. predict another six months of vigilance This two-part program will complete and restrictions. This is especially true for the series aimed at developing LGBTQ This momentum is promising, and we older adults and those with pre-existing cultural competence among Rhode would love to engage more community conditions at higher risk of adverse Island’s health care, social service, and members in this effort. In response, we outcomes from COVID-19. This spring senior service providers, and builds on are conducting a SAGE-RI Membership SAGE-RI was in the process of rolling out recommendations from the National Drive this fall! We are asking for a show a number of in-person events: statewide Resource Center on LGBT Aging. The of support from our LGBT community. meetings, intergenerational activities focus of the October 28 workshop is on SAGE-RI has successfully raised its visibility within the LGBT community with YPI, and an LGBT History and with key organizations and Improving the experience of LGBT older walking tour in cooperation adults in need of health care and housing committees within the senior service with the Providence Public services is more critical now than ever, given network. SAGE-RI volunteers now Library. Instead the temporary our growing LGBT older population and the represent older adult LGBT issues halt led to the discontinuance in many different settings. Dedicated current COVID-19 crisis. of in-person programming for SAGE-RI Steering Committee the remainder of this year, and members have been engaged in an a pivot to conference calls and virtual access to quality health care, as well as programming through Zoom. care planning issues, while the November organizational assessment, reviewing 4 workshop will address minority stress policies and procedures, exploring The monthly LGBT Café now meets at and health care disparities, and resources mission and purpose, looking at ways noon every Thursday as the SAGE-RI for working with both transgender older to improve communication, and putting Zoom Café and recently hosted the virtual adults and those living with HIV. Staff and structures in place to ensure efficiency “Lunch and Learn” series addressing key providers involved with these issues, as and accountability. We need to do a topics of concern to LGBT older adults. well as interested community members, better job of engaging members and Also, focus groups supported by the Tufts are invited to register at Eventbrite.com. volunteers, to both help imagine the Health Plan Foundation Momentum Fund (Search for: Promoting Quality of Care future, and to ensure our sustainability were held by conference call.The themes for LGBT Older Adults.) For more info over time. You can help us achieve identified by each group contributed to or for group rates, email sageriinfo@ this by renewing membership or by an understanding of major issues facing gmail.com. becoming a new member at www.sageLGBT seniors, and recommendations for ri.org or through the SAGE/Rhode Island improving access to essential information SAGE-RI training initiatives have been Facebook page. and services. A final report will be made possible by the RI Foundation available later this year.The next step is to Equity Action Fund which provides Reach us at sageriinfo@gmail.com, or leave consult with senior service providers to support toward the development of a message at 406-1714. We welcome help them create more LGBT-welcoming curriculum, resource material, and training questions, feedback, and all contributions settings, and to explore the possibility of for long term care and assisted living toward building a strong advocacy LGBT-focused programming and services. facility staff. Improving the experience of organization for LGBT seniors.

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YPI Adjusts to COVID

Like many other organizations this spring, YPI found itself needing to pivot rapidly from serving LGBTQ+ youth through building in-person relationships in our drop-in center, to offering virtual services and programs. This required intense creativity from staff, and out of the box thinking to remain accessible to our most vulnerable populations. Currently, YPI’s weekly support groups are hosted on Discord, a chat-based platform that provides some protection for youth who may not be in a safe environment to vocalize their experiences. Additional weekly programming occurs via Zoom, including OUTSpoken, our six-week leadership program, and a Social Space for youth ages 9 to 13. Through these virtual platforms, YPI is connecting with youth who have struggled to access in-person services in the past. We anticipate virtual access to programming will remain in place, once we return to our regular in-person schedule. We are delighted to offer hour-long Rest & Relaxation appointments for youth to charge their devices, use YPI’s WIFI and computers, catch up with staff, and spend a little time in their home away from home – socially distanced and masked, of course. Youth can also make appointments to shop in the YPI Basic Needs Pantry for food, clothes, toiletries, and school supplies. Drop-in and emergency case management and mental health services will also be available while the Center is open. Appointments can be scheduled via calendly.com/youthprideincri. If you are a youth, or know of a youth, who is having difficulties accessing our virtual programs, contact info@ youthprideri.org.

TGI Network of Rhode Island We at TGI Network are so glad to be back in the newest edition of Options, and we wish the magazine prosperity moving forward.

2020 has been a strange year, but TGI Network has increased our peer support groups and moved them all online. In addition, we have added a weekly virtual Queer Vespers service led by Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Howard, which has served a critical need for spiritual connection in this time of isolation and fear. Though isolation has always been a concern for the transgender and gender-diverse community, the pandemic has made matters worse. However, a number of support groups – in addition to those offered by TGI Network – are being offered by other organizations including Project Weber/RENEW, Sojourner House, and Thundermist Health Center. We encourage any community member who is feeling isolated to reach out for more information. [See Options’ Resources section, available in the back of the print magazine and online.] We can see even more clearly the power of community in times of crisis. Each November, TGI Network hosts a Transgender Day of Remembrance service to honor lives lost due to violence and oppression. This year, our service, planned for November 20 at 7pm, will be hosted virtually. In 2020, at least twenty-six transgender or gender-diverse people have been killed, most of them black and Latina women. We include their names and encourage readers to take time to honor them.

Dustin Parker Neulisa Luciano Ruiz Yampi Méndez Arocho Monika Diamond Lexi Johanna Metzger Serena Angelique

Velázquez Layla Pelaez Sánchez Penélope Díaz Ramírez Nina Pop Helle Jae O’Regan Tony McDade Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells

Riah Milton Jayne Thompson Selene Reyes-Hernandez Brian “Egypt” Powers Brayla Stone Merci Mack Shaki Peters

Bree Black Summer Taylor Marilyn Cazeres Dior H. Ova Queasha D. Hardy Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears

TGI Network of Rhode Island is the only statewide organization providing support, advocacy, and education for the transgender, gender-diverse, and intersex community (aka trans community). Visit us at tginetwork.org.

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Open Door Health: Affirming Healthcare for All C

ompassionate, affirming healthcare “The last six months have been an is the foundation for Open Door exercise in humility and agility,” says Health, Providence’s new primary Medical Director, Dr. Matt Murphy. care facility dedicated to serving local “We’re privileged to be an asset to our LGBTQ+ communities. As an initiative of neighbors and our communities in a time the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, that is so full of uncertainty.” Open Door Health’s mission is to reduce health disparities and Staff and leadership approach improve health equity. positions as allies and advocates to patients. Open Door Health launched in March 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic began taking off Murphy leads Open Door Health in Rhode Island, and has since provided alongside Executive Director Dr. Amy comprehensive primary care both in- Nunn, who developed clinical services person at its Providence-based clinic and based on input and feedback from via telemedicine. Primary care services patients and community stakeholders. include adult and pediatric primary Staff and leadership approach their care, HIV primary care and prevention, positions as allies and advocates to their comprehensive STI screening and patients. “We welcome all comers!” treatment, and gender-affirming care. Dr, Nunn says. “We serve everyone,

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by Cassie Sutten Coats

irrespective of their race, income, gender, sexual identity or gender expression.” Open Door Health accepts all insurance and is in-network with most major insurance companies. They offer sliding scale fee discounts and flexible payment plans for services to ensure that their cost is not a barrier to care. their Open Door Health is currently accepting new patients. They are also looking for new staff to join their growing team. Open positions include full- and part-time physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. Interested parties may search available positions and apply online at indeed. com/cmp/Rhode-Island-Public-HealthInstitute.


RESOURCES Options originated in 1982 as the offical newsletter of the Rhode Island Gay Task Force. Editor Jos Fayette explained, “The RIGTF wants to make the homosexual community aware of their options as gay men and women in Rhode Island. And it’s only because we live, work, love, and play in this state that there are such a large number of options available to all of us.” Options has always, and will continue to print LGBTQ resources so that

you can, as Fayette went on to say, “Exercise your OPTIONS today to make positive changes in your life tomorrow.” Help us help you! Email info@optionsri.org if you come across a resource listing that needs updating. New, updated, and featured resources are highlighted. Phone numbers are in the 401 area code and addresses are in Rhode Island, unless otherwise indicated.

ADDICTION SUPPORT GROUPS

programs, advocacy, strength training, prevention education, HIV testing. 9 Pleasant Street, Providence. 831-5522 www.aidsprojectri.org. AIDS Quilt RI: Displays local AIDS memorial quilt panels, panelmaking programs including Anna’s Workshop, HIV/AIDS education for young people. PO Box 2591, Newport. 434-4880. admin@ aidsquiltri.org. www.aidsquiltri.org. Brown University AIDS Program: Clinical trials, public policy, research, lectures, conferences, patient and community education. 121 South Main Street, Second Floor, Providence. 863-6790. brunap@ brown.edu. brown.edu/Departments/BRUNAP. Community Care Alliance: Case management, support, personal care items for people living with HIV/AIDS in northern Rhode Island. 245 Main Street, Woonsocket. 235-6092. lcohen@famresri.org. Community Care Alliance-Agape Providence: Transitional housing, drop-in center, testing, intensive case management, counseling, peer support for people living with HIV/AIDS. 292 Elmwood Ave, Providence. 572-3800. www.communitycareri.org. Comprehensive Community Action Programs: Medical, mental health, dental, social services, LGBT outreach. 311 Doric Avenue, Cranston. Also Coventry, Pawtucket, and Warwick. 467-9610. Gabriel Care, LLC: Nursing/social worker case management and financial compensation for assistance and supervision for those living with HIV. MassHealth funded for MA residents. 376 South Main Street, Fall River, MA. Contact Jenn, (508) 678-1002. HIV Antibody Testing: Anonymous. Free or sliding scale. RI Department of Health. Providence, Newport and other locations. 222-2320. Home and Hospice Care of RI: Medical care management for HIV/AIDS. 24hr nursing staff for treatment. 1085 North Main Street, Providence. Referrals: 782-0725. Bereavement groups: Contact John Charette, 727-7079. Main Office: 415-4200 or toll-free 800-3386555. www.hhcri.org. House of Compassion: HIV/AIDS housing. 2510 Mendon Road, Cumberland. 658-3992. LGBT Caregiver Online Support Group: For LGBTs caring for someone with chronic health problems. www.caregiver.org. Luis E. Martinez House CHS, Inc.: Supportive, permanent housing for 10 adults living with HIV/AIDS and/or substance abuse. New Bedford, MA. Contact Joe Taylor. (508) 984-7514. Miriam Hospital HIV & STD Testing Clinic: For gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, Hep C, and trichomoniasis. Linking to physicians for PrEP. Wed. -- Fri. 12:30 -- 3:30. 1125 N. Main St., Providence (rear of building). 793-4715.

AA Brothers in Sobriety: Gay men's open meeting -- all welcome. Saturdays 7:30 -- 8:30 pm. 296 Angell St., Providence, basement, 2nd door on side street (Diman Place). 419-0051 AddictionCenter.com: Web information guide for addiction resources nationwide. Or call 1-877-830-2915. Alcohol/Drug Helpline: RI Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence. 24hr. (866) 252-3784. Project BREAK: Outpatient mental health program focussed on substance abuse in gay/bi men. Miriam Hospital. Free. Contact Sabrina Strong, strong@Lifespan.org. RI LGBT AA Group: Tuesdays 7 -- 8 pm Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell St., Providence, 273-5678. All are welcome. Seven Hills Behavioral Health: Addiction support services and Narcan. 1173 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA, 508999-4159. 310 S. Main Street, Fall River, MA, 508-235-1012. Leonard Amaral, Program Manager, lamaral@sevenhills.org. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous: 12-step program. Fridays at 7pm. Providence Presbyterian Church, 500 Hope Street, Providence, side entrance, downstairs to the left. Gay, but all are welcome. YPTQ (Young People, Queer, Trans) meeting of AA: Wednesdays 7:30 -- 8:30pm, “common room” of Brown University Alumni Hall, 194 Meeting Street, Providence.

AIDS/HEALTH RESOURCES Afia Center for Health & Wholeness: Meals, food pantry, HIV support groups, recreational and social activities. Sponsored by AIDS Project RI. Free to clients. Wed. and Thurs. 12 -- 3pm. 134 Mathewson St., Providence. Info: Kim Clohecy, 831-5522, Ext. 2299. AIDS Action Hotline: MA only. (800) 235-2331. www.aac.org. AIDS Care Ocean State: Confidential HIV & Hep C testing, safer-sex supplies, case management, emergency funds, clinical services, assisted and supportive housing for people living with HIV/ AIDS, street outreach, free needle exchange, HIV+ support groups. Speaker’s Bureau, 18 Parkis Ave., Providence. 521-3603 (call 7810665 to schedule an appointment). www.aidscareos.org. AIDS Project RI: Division of Family Service of RI. Case management, buddies, COBRA and dental services, emergency fund, mental health counseling, nutrition support, assessment and referral, wellness

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Partners in Learning About AIDS: Outreach to minorities, women of color, and LGBT community at clubs and other locations. North Providence office provides free condoms and information about STIs and post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV. 1006 Charles Street, Suite 5, North Providence. 484-7523. info@plaidsproject.org. www.plaidsproject.org. Planned Parenthood of So. New England: Confidential, low-cost, same-day & walk-in STD and HIV testing. Commonsense approach to health. 175 Broad Street. 800-230-7526. www.ppsne.org. Prima CARE Transgender Clinic: Fall River, MA. Counseling, hormonal reassignment, referrals for surgery. Kishore Lakshman, MD. 508-235-0481. Project Weber/RENEW: Confidential, free HIV, Hep C and syphilis testing. Links to physicians for PrEP. 640 Broad St., Providence. info@ weberrenew.org. 383-4888. Seven Hills HIV Prevention & Screening: TWIST program, HIV and STI prevention and testing, partner care. 1173 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA, 508-999-4159. 310 S. Main Street, Fall River, MA, 508-235-1012. Contact Leonard Amaral, lamaral@sevenhills.org. SSTAR (Stanley Street Treatment & Resources): Counseling, drug treatment, detox, domestic violence programs, free and confidential HIV, HEP C, and STD testing, education, case management and support. MA and RI locations. 386 Stanley Street, Fall River, MA. (508) 679-5222. Project Aware (HIV/HCV); (508) 324-3561. Family Healthcare Center; (508) 675-1054. www.sstar.org. Steppingstone, Inc.: Welcome Home Medical case management program. One-on-one peer support in Somerset to Wareham area. HIV support groups available. Free and open to any HIV+ person 18+. 5 Dover Street, New Bedford, MA. (508) 984-7514. www.steppingstoneinc.org. Tranquil Mind & Wellness: Counseling, alternative healing, yoga, Pilates, meditation.109 Rhode Island Road, Lakeville, MA. (508) 9471683. www.tranquilmind.net. Thundermist Health Center: Provides HIV/AIDS services including medical care and treatment by an HIV specialist, dental care, behavioral health counseling, nutritional assessment and counseling, pharmacy consultation, free and confidential HIV testing. 450 Clinton Street, Woonsocket. Contact Philip Kane. 767-4100 ext. 3516.

INFORMATION/EDUCATION The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health: Education, pleasure, health, advocacy. Tues. -- Sat. 12 -- 6 and by appointment. 250 Main Street, Unit 1, Pawtucket. 489-5513. www.thecsph.org. Fenway Community Center LGBT Helpline: Support, information and referrals. Fenway Community Health Center, Boston. Open daily 6-11pm. (617) 267-9001 or 888-340-452 GLBT National Help Center Hotline: Local resources nationwide provided by social services agency. 888-843-4564. www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org. LGBTQ Action RI: Advocacy organization to secure equality & justice for LGBT people through legislative and policy work. www.facebook.com/LGBTActionRI. NewportOut: LGBT website for Newport. www.newportout.com. RILGBT-News: Low-volume email distribution list for LGBT & AIDS news from RI. Not a discussion list. To subscribe: tinawood@cox.net.

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South Coast LGBTQ Network: Information & advocacy network for individuals of all ages. 774-371-0711. info@ sclgbtqnetwork.org. www.sclgbtqnetwork.org. United Way of RI Referral Line: 2-1-1 on your telephone.

NIGHTLIFE The Alley Cat Providence: Downtown neighborhood bar. Monday-Thursday 3pm-1am, Friday 3pm-2am, Saturday 2pm2am, Sunday 2pm-1am. 19 Snow Street, Providence. 272-6369. Bobby’s Place: Dancing, pool, video lounge, karaoke. SundayWednesday 5pm-1am, Thursday-Saturday 5pm-2am. 62 Weir Street, Taunton, MA. (508) 824-9997. www.bobbysplacema.com. Brooklyn Coffee Tea House: 209 Douglas Ave., Providence: public/private venue for music, art, film screenings, weddings, showers, etc. RHODYWOOD@yahoo.com; 359-0192. Club Body Center: Gay men’s sauna. Membership required. One-day pass available. Open 24hr. 257 Weybosset Street, Providence. 274-0298. www.cbcresorts.com. The Dark Lady: Downtown bar and nightclub. TuesdayThursday 9pm-1am, Friday & Saturday 9pm-3am, Sunday 9pm1am. 17 Snow Street, Providence. 272-6369. EGO: Providence’s newest gay nightlife performance/event space. Sunday and Thursday 9pm-1am, Friday and Saturday 10pm-3am, 73 Richmond St, Providence. 383-1208. www.egopvd.com. Mirabar: Downtown bar and nightclub. Monday-Thursday 3pm-1am, Friday and Saturday 3pm-2am, Sunday 3pm-1am. 15 Elbow Street, Providence. 331-6761. www.mirabar.com. Providence Eagle: Leather, Levi, bear cruise bar. MondayThursday 2pm-1am, Friday 2pm-2am, Saturday-Sunday 12pm2am. 124 Snow Street, Providence. 421-1447. The Stable: Downtown video bar. No cover. Monday-Thursday 2pm-1am, Friday 2pm-2am, Saturday 12pm-2am, Sunday 12pm1am. 125 Washington Street, Providence. 272-6950.

POLITICAL & LEGAL GROUPS American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): 128 Dorrance Street, Suite 400, Providence. 831-7171. riaclu.org. Amnesty International OUTfront: Program to campaign globally for LGBTQ human rights. (212)807-8400. Cvohs18904@ yahoo.com. www.amnestyusa.org. Brown University Queer Alliance: Student advocacy and support organization. queer@brown.edu. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD): LGBT/HIV legal info hotline. Weekdays 1:30-4:30pm. 30 Winter Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA. (617) 436-1350 or (800) 455-GLAD. gladlaw@ glad.org www.GLAD.org. Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund: 120 Wall Street, Suite 1500, NY. (212) 809-8585. www.lambdalegal.org. Lawyers for Equality and Diversity (LEAD): Advocates for LGBT causes. lawyersforequality@gmail.com. National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Assoc./New England: Works for fair and accurate media coverage of LGBT issues. info@ nlgja.org, www.nlgja.org. The Next Thing (TNT): Political and support group for queer people of color located at Brown University. 863-3062. tnt@ brown.edu. RI Commission on Prejudice and Bias: Hate crime awareness training program. www.calloutprejudiceri.org


RI Socialist Action: 952-5385, adgagneri@gmail.com. Spanish: 351-3514, walsil@cox.net. RI Human Rights Commission: Anti-discrimination law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit. 180 Westminster Street, 3rd floor, Providence. 222-2662 TTY: 222-2664, richr.ri.gov. Scouts for Equality: An organization composed largely of Boy Scouts of America alumni dedicated to ending the BSA’s ban on gay members and leaders. Contact Carol Crowther. ccrowther1@ gmail.com. Facebook.com/riscoutsforequality. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network: Serving LGBT military personnel and veterans. PO Box 65301, Washington DC. (202) 328-3244. or (800) 538-7418. sldn@sldn.org. www.sldn.org.

RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL All Saints Memorial Church: 674 Westminster Street, Providence. 751-1747. asmcri@verizon.net. www.allsaintsmemorial.org. Amicable Congregational Church: UCC. Open & Affirming. Pastor William Sterrett. Sunday 10am. 3736 Main Road, Tiverton. 624-4611. amicablechurch@aol.com, www.amicablechurch.org. Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists: robin@awab.org, www.awab.org. Barrington Congregational Church: UCC. “The white church.” Sundays 10am. 461 County Road, Barrington. 246-0111. office@bccucc.org, www.bccucc.org. Bell Street Chapel: Unitarian Universalist. A Welcoming Congregation. Sundays 10am. 5 Bell Street, Providence. 273-5678. www.bellstreetchapel.org. Beneficent Congregational Church: UCC.An Open & Affirming congregation in the heart of Providence. Sundays 10am. 300 Weybosset Street, Providence. 331-9844. BeneficentChurchUCC@ gmail.com, www.beneficentchurch.org. Berean Baptist Church: A safe and welcoming place for all God’s children. Sunday 10am. 474 Chapel Street, Harrisville. 568-5411. bereanbaptist@verizon.net. www.bereanri.net. Calvary United Methodist Church of Middletown: LGBTQ early dementia support group. Contact Amy. Sundays 10:30am. 200 Turner Road, Middletown. 847-6181, www.middletownmethodist.com. Central Congregational Church: UCC. An Opening & Affirming Congregation. Sundays 10:30am. 296 Angell Street, Providence. 331-1960. www.centralchurch.us. Channing Memorial Church: Unitarian Universalist. A Welcoming Congregation. Sundays 10am. 135 Pelham Street, Newport. 846-0643. administrator@channingchurch.org. www.channingchurch.org. Chapel Street Congregational Church UCC: Open & Affirming. 185 Chapel St., Lincoln, RI. 722-7934. www.chapelstreetucc.com. Charter Oak Grove ADF: An Open and Welcoming Congregation of Neo-pagan Druids in CT. charteroakadf@gmail.com, www.charteroakadf.org. Christ Church in Lonsdale: 1643 Lonsdale Avenue, Lincoln. Services 8am and 10:30am.725-1920.office@christchurchlincoln.org. www.christchurchlincoln.org. Church of the Ascension, 390 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, RI 02910. Sundays at 10am. 461-5811. www.ascensioncranston.org. Church of the Epiphany: A diverse Open & Affirming Episcopal congregation. 1336 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. 434-5012. info@epiphanyep.org, www.epiphanyep.org. Church of the Redeemer: a Welcoming Episcopal church. 655 Hope St., Providence. www.redeemerprovidence.org. office@

redeemerprovidence.org. Rev. Patrick Campbell, 331-0678. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living: A diverse community welcoming all spiritual paths to God. Sunday Celebration 9:15am. 292 W. Shore Rd., Warwick. Rev. Ian Taylor, 732-1552. info@concordiachurchri.com. www.ConcordiaCSL.com. Edgewood Congregational Church: UCC. Open & Affirming. Service 10am. 1788 Broad Street, Cranston. 461-1344. office@edgewoodchurchri.org. www.edgewoodchurchri.org. Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sundays 8 and 9:30am. 120 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland. 658-1506. office@emmanuelri.org. www.emmanuelri.org. First Unitarian Church: A welcoming congregation. Sunday 10:30am. 1 Benevolent Street, Providence. 421-7970. admin@firstunitarianprov.org, www.firstunitarianprov.org. First Unitarian Church: Service 11am. 71 8th Street, New Bedford, MA. (508) 994-9686. admin@uunewbedford.org, www.uunewbedford.org. First Universalist Society: UU. Welcoming congregation. Samegender weddings. 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, MA. (508) 5285348. fusf@verizon.net, www.fusf.org. Foxboro Universalist Church: UUA. Service 10am. 6 Bird Street, Foxboro, MA. 508-543-4002. chair@uufoxborough.org. www. uufoxborough.org. Grace Episcopal Church in Providence: 175 Mathewson Street, Providence. 331-3225. hello@gracechurchprovidence.org. www. gracechurchprovidence.org. Hopedale Unitarian Parish: Sundays 10:30 am. 65 Hopedale St., Hopedale, MA. www.hopedaleunitarian.org, 508-473-0745. Rev. Tony Lorenzen. Immanuel Lutheran Church: A Reconciling in Christ congregation. Pastor Sandra Demmler D’Amico. 647 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA. (508) 222-2898. www.immanuellc.org. Interweave at Channing Memorial UU Church: Organization for the spiritual, political and social well-being of LGBTQ persons, and their allies, confronting oppression. 135 Pelham Street, Newport. 846-0643. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd: A “Reconciling in Christ” congregation (Welcoming). 3383 Old North Rd., Kingston, RI. Sundays 9 am. Pastor Mary Hansen-Joyce. 789-7776; office@ goodshepherdri.org. Mathewson St. Church: United Methodist. 134 Mathewson Street, Providence. 331-8900. MathewsonStUMC@gmail.com. Mercy of God Community: Christian, inclusive religious order. mercycomm@yahoo.com, www.mgc.org. Murray Unitarian Universalist Church: Marriage and commitment ceremonies for all. Rev. Bob McKetchnie. 505 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA. (508) 222-0505 www.murrayuuchurch.org. Newman Congregational Church: Open & Affirming. 100 Newman Avenue, Rumford. 434-4742. www.newmanucc.org. Newport Congregational Church: UCC. Open & Affirming. Rev. Hayes and Rev. Baker. 73 Pelham Street, Newport. 849-2238. Park Place Congregational Church: 71 Park Place, Pawtucket. 726-2800. office@ppucc.necoxmail.com, www.parkplaceucc.com. Pilgrim Lutheran Church: An inclusive congregation. Sundays 8 and 9:30am. 1817 Warwick Avenue, Warwick. 739-2937. parishasst@pilgrimlutheranri.org, pilgrimlutheranri.jimdo.com. Pilgrim United Church of Christ: Open and Affirming. 635 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. (508)-997-9086. Providence Presbyterian Church: 500 Hope St., Providence. Service 10 am. 861-1136. www.provpresri.org. provpresri@ verizon.net.

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The Pub Church: An Open & Affirming church that meets in a pub. Location may change. Saturday 5pm. The Dugout, 722 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA. thepubchurch@gmail.com. Riverside Church: UCC.15 Oak Avenue, Riverside. Service 10am. 433-2039. www.rcc-ucc.com. St. Augustine’s Church and Episcopal Center at URI: 15 Lower College Road, Kingston. 783-2153. Sundays 8am and 10am. StAugustinesChurch@necoxmail.com, www.staugustineuri.org. St. James Church: Episcopal. 474 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence. 353-2079. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church: Sundays 8 and 10am. 50 Orchard Avenue, Providence. 751-2141. StMartinsNB.Secretary@gmail.com, www.stmartinsprov.org. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church: Welcoming Church. Monthly LGBT Eucharist. 136 Rivet Street, New Bedford, MA. (508)9948972. stmartins1887@comcast.com, www.stmartinsma.org. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: Sundays 9am. 50 Park Place, Pawtucket. 728-4300. office@stpaulspawtucket.org, www.stpaulspawtucket.org. St. Paul’s Church: A welcoming Episcopal church. Sundays 9am. 2679 East Main Street, Portsmouth. 683-1164. stpaulsportsmouthri. org. St. Peter & St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church: 25 Pomona Avenue, Providence. 272-9649.stpanda25@verizon.net. www.stpeters-standrews.org. Saint Therese Old Catholic Church: Open & Affirming. Fr. David Martins. Sunday 10:30am. 1500 Main St., W. Warwick, RI 02893. 680-9076. stocc134@gmail.com, www.saintthereseocc.org. Second Congregational Church of Attleboro: UCC. Open & Affirming. 50 Park Street, Attleboro, MA. Sunday 10am. (508) 2224677. office2nd@verizon.net. www.attleborosecondchurch.org. Seekonk Congregational Church: Open & Affirming. Sundays 9 and 10:30am. Rev. Joy Utter, 600 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA. (508) 336-9355. sccucc@verizon.net. www.scc-ucc.com. Soka Gakkai: Buddhist association for peace, culture, and education. Contact for weekly meetings in Providence. 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. (617) 264-2000. www.sgi-usa.org. Temple Agudas Achim: Reconstructionist congregation. 901 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA. (508) 222-2243. office@agudasma.org, www.agudasma.org. Temple Beth-El: Rabbi Sarah E. Mack. 70 Orchard Avenue, Providence. 331-6070. info@temple-beth-el.org, www.temple-beth-el.org. Temple Emanu-El: A welcoming Conservative congregation. Rabbi Wayne Franklin. 99 Taft Avenue, Providence. 331-1616. info@teprov.org, www.teprov.org. Temple Habonim: A warm, Welcoming Reform congregation. Rabbi Andrew Klein. 165 New Meadow Road, Barrington. 2456536. office@templehabonim.org, www.templehabonim.org. Temple Sinai: A Welcoming Reform temple. Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser, 30 Hagen Avenue, Cranston. 942-8350. webmaster@templesinairi.org, www.templesinairi.org. Unitarian Church in Fall River: Sunday 10:30am. 309 North Main Street, Fall River, MA. 508-678-9700. office@unitarianchurchfr.org, www.unitarianchurchfr.org. Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven: Service 10:30am. 102 Green Street, Fairhaven, MA. (508) 992-7081. www.uufairhaven. org. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County: 27 North Road, Peace Dale. 783-4170. uucscri@yahoo.com. www.uusouthcountyri.org.

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United Congregational Church: 524 Valley Rd., Middletown RI 02842. A Welcoming congregation. Sunday, 10 am. www.UCCMiddletown.org. 849-5444. Westminster Unitarian Universalist Church: A UUA Welcoming Congregation. 119 Kenyon Avenue, East Greenwich. 884-5933. www.westminsteruu.org.

SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS

Bisexual Resource Center: PO Box 170796, Boston, MA. (617) 4249595. brc@bicresource.net www.biresource.net. Biversity Boston: Mixed-gender social events for Boston and the surrounding area. (617) 424-9595. biversity-subscribe@biversity.org, www.biversity.org. Boston Bisexual Women’s Network: Social activities including monthly brunches and quarterly publication, Bi Women Quarterly. www.biwomenboston.org. Cape and Islands Gay & Straight Youth Alliance (CIGSYA): 56 Barnstable Road, Hyannis, MA. (508) 778-7744. info@cisgsya.org, www.cigsya.org. Communisong: For unity through song. Non-performance monthly singing session. www.communisong.net. Feminist & Queer Happy Hour: Casual meetings to network with people who care about the same things. Email feministandqueerhappyhour@gmail.com. Gay Men’s Social Group: FirstTuesdays,6 -- 9pm,Seven Hills Behavioral Health, 1177 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, MA. Refreshments. Info: Lenny Amaral, 508-999-4159 or lamaral@sevenhills.org. Imperial Court of RI at Providence: Drag and non-drag performers raise funds for local charities. All welcome to general membership meetings on first Monday at Dark Lady, 17 Snow Street, Providence. icri.prov@gmail.com. www.icriprov.org. Mixed Borders Gardening Group: Gardening and more. Monthly meetings, all welcome. Mixedborders@cox.net. www.mixedborders.com. Old Lesbians Organizing for Change: Local chapter of national network of feminists 60 years old or better, working for justice and wellbeing through public discourse. Regular meetings to share experiences. Contact Mev Miller. OLOCinRI@gmail.com. Opera Club: Enjoy hearing and attending. Last Sunday of each month at 1pm. BrettCornellpi4@aol.com. Providence Gay Men’s Chorus: New season rehearsals begin in January and August. Singers and non-singing volunteers welcome. Monday 7-9:30pm. Beneficent Church, 300 Weybosset Street, Providence. www.provgmc.org. Queer Book Club: 3rd Wednesday, 7pm. Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street, Providence, queerbookclub@gmail.com. RI Association of Gay Professionals: Networking and philanthropy. www.riagp.com. RI Parents Pride: Gay parents socializing together with their children. Contact Melanie. 464-2288. saphicangel120@yahoo.com. RI Pride: Open house 4th Wednesdays. Festival & Parade 3rd Saturday in June. Office: 1055 Westminster St., Providence 02903. Mail: PO Box 1082, Providence, 02903. 467-2130. info@prideri.com, www.prideri.com. RI Pride Lions Club: LGBT-inspired service-oriented club open to all. 3rd Mondays, 6-7:30p.m. at Mentor RI, 2065 Warwick Ave.,Warwick. Ripridelions.com RI Prime Timers: Social and networking group for older gay and bi men. Second Sunday. Call Steve, 996-3010. www.riprimetimers.org. RI Skeptics Society: Yearning to talk with someone rational? Refreshing discussion. Fourth Saturday. East Providence restaurant location. www. meetup.com/skeptics-133/.


RI Women’s Association: Lesbian social group. 21+. Dances & events. www.riwa.net. SAGE/RI (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders): (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders): Advocacy, education, and social events for LGBT seniors. Mail: SAGE-RI, 1665 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905. sageriinfo@gmail.com. www.sage-ri.org. SEMASSMEN: Social group for GBQ men of southeastern MA & RI to foster strong friendships. Semassmen-subscribe@ yahoogroups.com. rlevass@yahoo.com. South Coast Social Club for Gay & Bisexual Men: Social and networking opportunities for gay & bisexual men in S.E. Mass. www. southeastsocialclub.com. Womxn’s Night: A space for queer women & allies to meet, dance, socialize and make lasting connections. Jeana Marie DeLaire/info@ womxnsnight.com. Yankee Lambda Car Club: Regional club for GLBT vintage and specialty car enthusiasts. www.yankeelcc.com.

SPORTS & RECREATION PrideSports Boston: Network of twenty-plus gay sports leagues/teams in Boston area. www.pridesportsboston.com. Boston Gay BASKETBALL League: ksg.bgbl@gmail.com, www.bgbl.com. BOATING: Yankee Cruising Club, New England’s club for LGBTQ boaters. www.yankeecruising.org. yankeecruisingclub@ gmail.com. Keith (508) 423-6123. Big Gay Al’s Duckpin BOWLING League: Proceeds benefit AIDS causes. Tuesday 6:30pm. 1463 Atwood Avenue, Town Hall Lanes, Johnston. Contact Frank Ferri. 831-6940.www. bgalbowling.com. www.townhalllanes.com. GALA BOWLING League: Sundays 5:50 p.m., E. Providence Lanes, 80 Newport Ave., E. Providence. Season begins in Aug. View us on Facebook or email galabowling1990@gmail.com. FIELD HOCKEY: Teamworks Somerset, 732 Lee’s River Ave., Somerset, MA. New season every 10 weeks. (508-676-3956) info@teamworkssomerset.com. FLAG (For Lesbians And Gays) FOOTBALL: Bostonbased recreational football club. All skill levels are encouraged to participate. Saturday mornings in the fall and spring. www. flagflagfootball.com. Boston Pride HOCKEY Now operating in Rhode Island with scrimmage games in Providence. www.bostonpridehockey.org. Movement Mondays: One hour class open to people in recovery and their guests. Size-inclusive, all body types and fitness levels. Contact MinaA@Thundermisthealth.org. Providence Gay Flag Football League: Registration opens Feb. 4, season starts April. Visit www.pvdgffl.org or write dgosley@gmail.com. Rondeaus KICKBOXING: 272-5425. www. rondeauskickboxing.com. Main Street MARTIAL ARTS: Non-profit. Welcoming dojo and community center. 1282 North Main Street, Providence. 274-7672.www.mainstma.org. Chiltern Mountain Club: OUTDOOR recreation club in New England. events@chiltern.org. www.chiltern.org. Boston Gay ROWERS: Worldwide online community for gay and lesbian rowers, coxies, coaches, and race officials. www.glrf.org. Boston Ironsides RUGBY Football: www.bostonironsides.org. Providence Women’s RUGBY Club: Competitive and recreational. www.providencerugby.com.

Frontrunners Rhode Island: RUNNING group (free yoga Mondays): Newcomers and all abilities welcome. Meet at Hope St. end of Blackstone Blvd., Providence, Thursdays 6pm. Contact Brian 751-7643 or bripm@cox.net. www.frontrunnersri.com. Frontrunners Boston RUNNING Group: Morning walk/ run along the Charles River. Saturdays,10am. Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA. www.frontrunnersboston.org. OutRyders SKIING: New England’s largest gay and lesbian ski and snowboard club. www.outryders.org. Boston Strikers SOCCER Club: Non-profit social organization to learn and improve soccer skills in a relaxed, congenial environment. www.bostonstrikers.com. Renaissance City SOFTBALL League: New players and boosters always welcome. www.providencesoftball.org. Beantown SOFTBALL League: Friendly competition. 27 teams in four divisions of play: competitive, intermediate, and recreational. (617) 297-7490. www.beantownsoftball.com. LANES (Liquid Assets New England SWIMMING): Fitness and/or competition. (617) 937-5858. www.swim-lanes.org. TENNIS-4-All: Boston area tennis organization. www. tennis4all.org. Cambridge Boston VOLLEYBALL Association: Players of all skill levels welcome. secretary@cbvolleyball.net www.gayvolleyball.net. Ocean State Pride VOLLEYBALL League: Adult coed indoor league following USVBA rules. No try-outs. Fee applies. Kent County YMCA, 900 Centerville Road, Warwick. ospvolleyball@gmail.com. East Coast WRESTLING Club: (617)937.5858 x6. ecwc@juno.com. www.eastcoastwrestlingclub.org.

STUDENTS & YOUTH Bristol Community College The Lambda Connection: (TLC@ BCC) Robert Delaleu, Advisor; BCC-G118, 777 Elsbree St., Fall River, MA (774)357-4056. Brown University Queer Alliance: Umbrella organization at Brown University for LGBTQ groups. 863-3062. queer@brown.edu or lgbtq@brown.edu. CCRI Gender Equity Initiative: SafeZone & Trans* 101 training. Support, info for LGBTQ people and allies. www.ccri.edu/genderequity. CCRI Triangle Alliance: an LGBTQQ student-run group at CCRI, on the Flanagan, Liston, and Knight campuses. www.ccri.edu/triangle/. Home to Hope: Support for housing-insecure LGBT youth 13 -- 24. Crisis intervention, medical and other services. At YPI (743 Westminster St., Prov.) and Mathewson St. Church (134 Mathewson St., Prov.) varying days and times. For info/appointments: ayanna@ rihomeless.org or 484-7720. LGBT National Youth Talkline: 800-246-7743. Private one-to-one chat and info on local resources. Peer Listening Line: Youth-staffed hotline for GLBT youth. Support, info and referrals. 5-10pm. Fenway Community Health Center, Boston, MA. (617) 267-9001 or (800) 399-PEER. www.fenwayhealth.org. Queer & Trans Thursdays: 6-8pm. Space for LGBTQ and heterosexual youth (24 and under) of color to foster coalition-building and organize to address intersections of oppressions. 669 Elmwood Ave., Rm. B7, Providence. www.prysm.us. 383-7450. Rhode Island College LGBTQ+ Office: works towards inclusion of gender, gender identity/expression and sexual orientation in all appropriate aspects of campus life. 456-9033 www.ric.edu/lgbtq

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Salve Regina University – The Alliance: 100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport. Contact: Benjamin Mead, benjamin.mead@salve.edu S.H.E.P.A.R.D. (Stopping Homophobia, Eliminating Prejudices and Restoring Dignity): Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence. 865-1631. shepard@providence.edu. The Trevor Project: The only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBT youth. Also offers social networks. (866)4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386). thetrevorproject.org. University of RI LGBTIQ2: Alumni association. 874-5808. gsimonelli@uri.edu. URI LGBTQ Center: A cultural department for students, faculty and staff. Florence Badejo. 874-2894. Youth Pride Inc.: Support, education & advocacy for LGBTQQ young people ages 13--23. Tues. -- Fri. 2 -- 8pm. The Way Out peer support group Thurs. 4pm. Gender Spectrum support group Tues. 4pm. Visit our website for full calendar of events. 743 Westminster St., Providence. 421-5626. info@youthprideri.org. www.youthprideri.org.

SUPPORT GROUPS & SOCIAL SERVICES Abuse Victims and Survivors: Support on phone for LGBTQ victims & survivors of partner abuse. Confidential peer-led groups. Hotline: (617) 742-4911. TTY: (617) 2274911. advocate@tnlr.org. Adoption Options: Non-sectarian help. Jewish Family Service, 959 North Main Street, Providence. Contact Betsy Alper. 331-5437. www.adoptionoptions.org. Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center: Offering resources for victims of domestic violence. 723-3057. www.bvadvocacycenter.org. Child & Family Services: Counseling, young parent support, adoption, more. LGBT groups. Open six days. 66 Troy St., Fall River, MA. (508) 676-5708. www.child-familyservices.org Community Care Alliance: Stipend, assistance, training provided by Family Resources Community Action. 235-6095. www.famresri.org. Community Care Alliance-Agape Providence: Transitional housing, drop-in center, testing, intensive case management, counseling, peer support for people living with HIV/AIDS. 292 Elmwood Ave, Providence. 572-3800. www.communitycareri.org Compass: FTM trans info, support and social group. Boston first Thursday 7-9pm. compassftm@gmail.com. www.compassftm.org. Crossroads RI Hotline: (800) 367-2700. Day One: Counseling & legal aid for victims of sexual assault/ abuse & incest. 24hr hotline. (800) 494-8100. 421-4100. www.dayoneri.org. Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County: Support, court advocacy, counseling, safe home, info for women and men in abusive or controlling relationships. 24hr free and confidential helpline. 782-3990 or toll free 800-4948100, www.dvrcsc.org. Family Service of RI: Training, stipend, support provided for nurturing adoptive families. Family Service of RI. Contact Gregary Wright. 331-1350 ext. 3305. www.familyserviceri.org. Foster parents needed: For newborn to age six. 276-4300. www.childrensfriendri.org. Foster Parents wanted: Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care offers generous tax-free stipend, free comprehensive training, 24-hour support. To make a difference, call 734-9680. www. devereuxri.org.

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Gay Fathers of Greater Boston: Support. 738 Main St. #323, Waltham, MA. (781) 333-8429. info@gayfathersboston. org, www.gayfathersboston.org. Gay Men’s HIV+ Social Group: Third Tuesdays, 6 -- 9pm. Refreshments. Seven Hills Behavioral Health, 1177 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, MA. Info: Lenny Amaral, 508-999-4159 or email lamaral@sevenhills.org. Gay Officers Action League (GOAL)/New England: Law enforcement officers (sworn & civilian), fire, rescue & publicly employed EMS. Confidential. P.O. Box 171587, Boston, MA 02117. www.newenglandgoal.org. On Facebook at NewEnglandGOAL. Gay Share: Coming Out? Gay men’s support group. No fee. Wednesday 7:30pm. Contact Tom or Mike. 369-9448. info@ gayshare.org, www.gayshare.org. LGBTQ+ Grief Support: Professionally led, bi-weekly, confidential group for those suffering a loss. Sponsored via Zoom by HopeHealth Hospice & Palliative Care. Write Alex Zima at azima@hopehealthco.org. Helpline for LGBT Youth: Trevor Helpline and social networks for crisis and suicide prevention. 24/7. (866) 4-U-Trevor. HIV+ Gay Men’s Support Group: Refreshments served. AIDS Care Ocean State, 18 Parkis Avenue, Providence. 5213603. New members contact Scott. 640-3108. LGBTQ+ Pregnancy & Parenting Group: Free support group for people (partnered or not) parenting or considering it. First Saturdays at Open Circle in East Providence. Visit Facebook or email LGBTQpregnancyandparenting@gmail. com. LGBTQ+ Peer: Support group second Mondays 5 -- 6 pm at Hope Recovery, 50 Washington Square, Newport. Adults 16+. Accessible entrance on Farewell St. 619-1343. Mantalk of S.E. Mass: Thurs. eves. in Taunton, MA. Social support for gay, bi, and questioning men from Mass. and RI. Confidential, drug- and alcohol-free. Find us on Facebook and MeetUp. MentalHelp.net: National directory of inpatient treatment options for those with substance abuse problems. www. mentalhelp.net/care/substance-abuse/ri/. Partner Support Group at Fenway Health: A ten-week support group with the purpose of building community and connections for anyone who identifies as non-trans, ages 18+, and is in a relationship with a trans* person(s). 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Contact Sarah Eley, LICSW. 857-313-6551. seley@fenwayhealth.org. PFLAG (Parents, & Friends of Lesbians & Gays): Attleboro Chapter serves Southeast Mass. Third Wednesday 6:45 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 50 Park St. (side door). email pflagattleboro@gmail.com. Greater Providence Chapter serves all R.I. First Wednesday at 6:45 p.m., Met School, 325 Public St., Providence. 751-7571. PFLAGprovidence@gmail.com. www. pflagprovidence.org. Newport Chapter. Second Monday 6:45-8pm. Channing Memorial Church, Parish Hall, 135 Pelham Street, Newport. 846-0643. Led1pflagnewport@gmail.com. Project Weber/RENEW: Support, HIV testing, prevention for sex workers. Trans support group meets Wednesday. info@ weberrenew.org. 383-4888.


Queer Transformative Roots (QTR): Queer & trans people of color organize campaigns to support stability for our communities. 669 Elmwood Ave., Suite B13, Providence 02907. www.prysm.us. 383-7450. Rape Crisis Center for S.E. Mass: New Hope, Inc. Advocacy, shelter, services for domestic abuse survivors. Hotline (800) 323HOPE. Office (508) 226-4015. RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 24hr helpline: (800) 494-8100. 467-9940. RI Rainbow Support Group: For people with disabilities who identify as LGBTQ. Last Tuesday of the month. 98 Rolfe Street, Cranston. 6-7:30pm. Contact Ken Renaud. 785-2100. Samaritans: 24hr hotline for suicidal, lonely, despairing, depressed. (800) 365-4044. 272-4044 (RI only). www.samaritansri.org. Seven Hills Behavioral Health: HIV Prevention and Screening. 310 South Main Street, Fall River, MA. (508) 2351012. T.W.I.S.T. (508) 672-0378. Sexual Health Education & Advocacy Program: HIV, sexual wellness, domestic violence risk reduction. Free, confidential, bilingual (Spanish). No caller ID used. Calls blocked for safety. 861-6191 ext. 121. Sojourner House: Call for confidential support group. Support, shelter, advocacy and information for people in abusive relationships. Including specific LGBT services. No caller ID used. Outgoing calls blocked for safety. 24hr helpline. 765-3232. 861-6191. Office 861-6191. www.sojournerri.org.

St. Mary’s Home for Children: Sexual abuse treatment for children. 450 Fruit Hill Ave., N. Providence. www.smhfc.org. Adam Cable, 353-3900. Straight Spouses: Groups and online support. www.straightspouse.org. TGI Network of RI: Support, advocacy for transgender, transsexual, gender-variant and/or intersex people. Borderlands peer group 1st & 3d Tues. and 1st & 3d Sat. of the month. Location & information: 441-5058. info@tginetwork. org. www.tginetwork.org. Trans* Partners New England: Gives romantic partners of transgender people a confidential, safe space to explore the impact of a loved one’s gender identity on their relationships, and to connect with other loved ones of transgender people. First Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm. Providence. Location unpublished for privacy. partners@tginetwork.org. Trans* Youth Family Allies: Support for gender-variant and transgender children ages 3-18. info@imatyfa.org, www.imatyfa.org. Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA): Growing organization to address the concerns of fair treatment of transgender veterans and active duty service members. www.tavausa.org. Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties: Offering services to victims of domestic violence. 846-5263. www.wrcnbc.org.

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