This is the holiday season, a time usually observed with holiday-specific traditions, religious commemorations, parties, and gift giving. This time is also usually associated with being with or at least thinking about the family members you know, love, and hold dear to your heart. Or at least those who share with you some sort of trait. When one thinks “family,” they usually associate the word with being bound by blood or marriage. That includes the parents who raised you from youth to adolescence and wished you good luck and good guidance as you ventured into adulthood; the siblings who grew with you and look up and to you for mutual support; and the cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents who provide their own versions of love, support, and encouragement.
Unfortunately, for some in the broad LGBT+ community, the term “family” doesn’t mean the natural definition of parents, siblings, etc. noted above. Many has been the case where someone who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, or even simply questioning has been blackballed by their relatives. Not only is it heartbreaking to think that those who identify as LGBT+ can face such shunning, it should also make one reconsider the traditional definition of “family.”