• Jen Stevens

From the Editor-in-Chief


Jen (left) and family.

Dear Reader,


The fight for LGBTQ rights marches on in Rhode Island, with advocates pushing the state legislature to update parentage laws to unburden queer parents of invasive scrutiny and expensive legalities to ensure their children are lawfully theirs. (p. 10)

Personally speaking, these laws can’t pass fast enough for my growing family. Love makes a family, true, but our cover story on family planning delves into the choices and necessities along the paths of adoption or biology that you’ll need to consider to include children in your LGBTQ-headed family. (p. 13)


Perhaps you’ve resolved to be more active in 2020. Fortunately, there have never been more options for local queers of varying abilities to sweat together in sport. Writer Ricky Mejia has found that the binding force of local LGBTQ athletic leagues is not competition; it’s acceptance. (p. 20)


There is more I could highlight in this issue, but space demands brevity of your editor. I’ll sign off with immense gratitude to our donors, without whom we literally could not have printed this issue. (p. 6) Thank you, donors, for your generosity. Go forth and multiply!

In solidarity,


Jen Stevens

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