GLAD’s 2024 Rhode Island Event

GLAD is back in Providence, RI for our Rhode Island Event and this year will be one you won’t want to miss.

Thursday, May 30 2024  | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Roger Williams Park Casino | Providence, R

Join us for an inside look at how GLAD is working on critical LGBTQ+ issues in Rhode Island and throughout the nation – and find out how you can make a difference.

Venue is mobility accessible. Parking is available at the venue.

We are proud to honor Dr. Beth Cronin – a community champion and LGBTQ+ advocate.

Image of Dr. Beth Cronin

Dr. Beth Cronin is the Division Director of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women and Infants Hospital. She attended the University of Vermont Medical School and then completed her residency at Women & Infants Hospital. She has been on faculty at Brown/Women & Infants since completing her residency in 2010.

She serves as an Associate Program Director for the residency program and is passionate about improving care and access to care for all LGBTQIA+ individuals. She is the Committee Chair for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Advancing Health Equity and co-authored the committee opinion on Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals. She also serves as the RI Section Chair for ACOG, where she uses her voice to advocate for better access to equitable care for all of her patients. She lives in Providence with her wife, Jess, and their 4 children.


Image of Polly Crozier, Director of Family Advocacy

Patience “Polly” Crozier (she/her/hers) has engaged in cutting-edge trial court and appellate litigation involving assisted reproduction and parentage including Hunter v. Rose (2012), Adoption of a Minor (2015), Partanen v. Gallagher (2016), Adoption of Daphne (2020), and J.M. v. C.G. (2023). Polly’s work focuses on youth and family issues, including parentage protections, adoption, access to fertility healthcare, transgender family law, juvenile justice, and child welfare, and work at the intersection of LGBTQ justice and reproductive justice.  Most recently, she has successfully worked to help pass statutory family law reforms in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, as well as health care provider shield laws in Massachusetts and Vermont.

Polly is a graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School, and she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Irma S. Raker of the Maryland Court of Appeals and to the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court.

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To join our fabulous Host Committee or become a Sponsor and help make this event a success, contact our Assistant Director of Development, Josh Arsenault, at

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For Corporate Sponsorship, contact Aria Pierce, Senior Manager of Institutional Giving, at

Check out last year’s event here.

Host Committee


Joseph Garland & Philip Haines
Katherine & Kimberly Weir
Janson Wu & Adam Levine


Nick Autiello & Eric Rietveld, Esq.
Sen. Dawn Euer
Ruth DiGiovanni
Amy Goldfarb & Lisa Futato
Rep. Rebecca Kislak and Dr. Joanna Brown
Barbara L. Margolis, Esq. & Colleen J. Gregory, Ph.D.
Donna Nesselbush & Kelly Carse
Lauren Nocera
Cathy Plourde

As of  May 22, 2024