Finding love and support

Oftentimes, LGBTQ+ people have found and built their chosen family out of necessity, due to a lack of understanding or acceptance by their family of origin. These close-knit family bonds among friends are a critical source of connection, love and support. “What do you want from a family?" asks Jack Heifner, who identifies as gay. "You want someone who lets you be who you are” (Blum, 2022).

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Read this New York Times article to learn more about the chosen families of Heifner and others in the LGBTQ+ community. Why Chosen Families are Important for LGBTQ People


Blum, Dani. [2022, June 25]. Why Chosen Families are Important for LGBTQ People. The New York Times.

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