There’s a nice piece in Refinery29 by Robin Craig. It’s about chosen families, the networks of supportive people that can mean so much to LGBT+ people.
A chosen family is, as the name suggests, a family that someone chooses for themselves. It blurs the lines between friends, siblings and parents. For trans people, relationships with biological families can often be strained or marked by transphobia. Chosen families can step in as replacement care networks that provide emotional and community support when biological family ties break down.
There’s a song on my band’s current EP about this. It’s a very noisy guitar song called Tribe.
The key line, which is also the chorus, is simple and true:
Everybody needs to love and be loved.