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QUEER FAMILY, NO CHILDREN

NOT EVERYONE WANTS KIDS, BUT WHAT DO QUEER WOMEN’S FAMILIES LOOK LIKE WITHOUT CHILDREN, ASKS ALEXANDRA PENELOPE

It’s Thanksgiving and, although this is strictly an American holiday, I force all my friends in London to participate, lugging along covered dishes and uncorking too many bottles of wine. I have taught them the art of the sweet potato casserole, and they have shared with me the gift of Yorkshire puddings.

While typically spent with family, I argue my iteration of Thanksgiving is just as valid. Because for me, a 23-yearold single queer woman, family has been forged out of misfits, debt-ridden graduates and variously-identifying LGBT+ individuals.

Traditional family gatherings inevitably include fighting, eyebrows raised in disapproval and the worst: endless enquiry into your love life and the expectation of procreation. Listen up folks, I am young, queer and can barely manage minimum loan payments, so asking about the likelihood of children is like wondering whether Hollywood will ever achieve gender parity. It is a dim possibility in the far-off, distant future, but for the most part, the answer is a resounding NO.

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This month’s cover features some of the movers and shakers on the first ever DIVA Power List as voted for you. Also in this issue… Black History Month: Inspirational women who deserve to be remembered Vicky Beeching on keeping the faith after coming out as lesbian BBC newsreader Jane Hill is feeling blue post-Rio Phyll Opoku-Gyimah speaks to lesbian and bi asylum seekers Heather Peace takes on gendered toy manufacturers Kesiena Boom: Why Theresa May is bad news for lez/bi women Is sex education in schools fit for purpose? Roxy Bourdillon finds out How to deal with homophobic micro-aggressions in the workplace Interviews with Sarah Walk, Cheryl Dunye, Rebekah Staton and Roxane Gay. PLUS: travel, family and much, much more!
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