For better or worse, we all start with families of origin. But what of this concept of families of choice? A chosen family that goes beyond blood and DNA? Join Tom, Ryan, and Jacob for a discussion on chosen family: what it means for the LGBTQ+ community, what it means for believers in Christ, and what it means for this overlap of communities like YOB, Revoice, and beyond.
Beyond our awesome conversation on chosen family, it’s a special episode for other reasons: our first episode back in the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge” in over a year! We talk about responding to mystery texts and sleepwalking episodes in Ryan’s and Jacob’s “shameless shares,” and Tom and Ryan talk about their recent adventure to Montana together.
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Enjoy our CHOSEN FAMILY episode! And don’t forget to comment below . . .
How familiar are you with this term, “chosen family”? Do you have people in your life you’d consider your chosen family, and vice versa? Is the concept of a longterm chosen family something that inspires or worries you?
LINKS FROM THE SHOW
- Pew Research poll on LGBTQ+ American adults
- A Better Balance poll on LGBTQ+ American adults
- Maura Ryan’s article on Slate: “Why the potluck is one of the most enduring and beautiful ways queer people make family”
- Jacob’s post: “Fully Known and Fully Loved”
- Tom’s posts
- Ryan’s posts
- Jacob’s posts
- Jacob’s slaughtered orchid (RIP):