Aired: November 22, 2019


A group of friends celebrating. Image source: The Gender Spectrum Collection.

  • Race and Sexuality at the Thanksgiving Table (11 min.)

    With: April Few-Demo (Virginia Tech)

    April Few-Demo studies 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 (10 min.)

    With: Shannon Davis (George Mason University)

    Shannon Davis  argues 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 (7 min.)

    With: Laura Heston (Oxford University Press)

    Laura Heston shares how they and their LGBTQ chosen family celebrate a “Friendsgiving,” complete with drama and drag.

  • Shakespeare's Queer Families (13 min.)

    With: Alicia Andrzejewski (William and Mary)

    Some scholars argue that what we call non-traditional families aren’t so non-traditional after all. Alicia Andrzejewski has found chosen families and alternative bonds throughout the works of William Shakespeare.

  • "Our Purpose In Life Is To Love" (11 min.)

    With: Rosalyn Durham (Norfolk State)

    Before she became an instructor, Rosalyn Durham was 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. 


Transcript coming soon!


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