For many, the Thanksgiving holidays are a time to gather with your biological relatives. But what if you don’t have the traditional, Norman-Rockwell family? April Few-Demostudies how queer families of color, especially Black lesbians, navigate biological and chosen family. She says that dialogue about identity and acceptance might happen in subtle ways during the holidays.
Holidays in an Age of Income Inequality
Shannon Davis (George Mason University)
Shannon Davisargues that we should remember those families who can’t get together during the holidays at all, because time off work is too high a price to pay.
The Life and Death of Friendsgiving
Laura Heston (Oxford University Press)
Laura Hestonshares how they and their LGBTQ chosen family celebrate a “Friendsgiving,” complete with drama and drag.
Shakespeare's Queer Families
Alicia Andrzejewski (William & Mary)
Some scholars argue that what we call non-traditional families aren’t so non-traditional after all. Alicia Andrzejewskihas found chosen families and alternative bonds throughout the works of William Shakespeare.
"Our Purpose In Life Is To Love"
Roslyn Durham (Norfolk State University)
Before she became an instructor, Roslyn Durhamwas a social worker helping families in crisis. She shares her strategies for supporting families experiencing trauma, including how families can stay connected when a child is placed into foster care.