For Pride this year, The Times wants to hear from those who identify as L.G.B.T. about finding kinship and strength outside traditional family structures.
In honor of Pride Month this June, The Times is collecting stories about chosen families in the L.G.B.T. community. The term comes from anthropological literature and refers to the intense, intimate relationships some L.G.B.T. people form apart from their biological relatives; it is the kinship you create outside of a traditional family structure.
Chosen families are defined by the strength of the connection people feel to each other, said Cole Milton, a doctoral candidate and researcher at Oklahoma State University. “It’s different from a group of acquaintances, or even really good friends. It’s something deeper,” he said.
Do you have a chosen family? We want to hear about them — who they are, how you found each other and what these relationships mean to you now — for an upcoming feature and photo essay. Fill out the form below, and a reporter may be in touch.