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When “Chosen Family” Falls Short: Strategies for Queer Community Interdependence

Aspen  ◆  August 5, 2022  ◆  10:15 am – 11:45 am

The long legacy of “chosen family” is rightfully touted as a pillar of strength within queer and polyamorous communities. Yet, at the same time, LGBTQIA+ older adults are more likely to face social isolation, among other disparities. What happens when chosen families fall apart? Who gets left behind? Chosen family, while powerful, can only take us so far when nuclear family structures continue to be prioritized by the law, society, and culture. Learn strategies to promote intergenerational kinship, community care and accountability, and policy priorities that have the power to reduce our culture’s over-reliance on the nuclear family.

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