Family runs thicker than blood.
In 1993, the United Nations declared May 15 the International Day of Families to highlight the importance of family units as crucial to the fabric of society. Today, we want to emphasize the many forms that family can take, especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people whose families are often bound by something other than blood or biology.
Youth experiencing homelessness are extremely resilient and resourceful, and this is embodied in the way they create their own families that meet their unique and specific needs. For many LGBTQ young people, these chosen families provide the love, support, security, and joy that they never experienced with their biological families. In many ways, chosen families are a direct response to family rejection and homelessness.