TV’s Chosen Families: 14 Shows That Embrace LGBTQ+ Kinship
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Even from the earliest days of black-and-white transmissions, TV has always had family at its heart. And while classic sitcoms and dramas forged the idea of the nuclear family (two parents and their children living together), over time, television storytellers began embracing other types of family, including the idea of a ‘chosen family’. The term is exactly what it sounds like: people in your life who are more of a family than the one you might have been born into. However the concept of a chosen family holds extra significance for the LGBTQ+ community. Queer chosen families help guide young people through the uncertainties of identity, offering a refuge and a support base of others who have walked the same path. Here, we look at how the LGBTQ+ chosen family is reflected on TV through some of the biggest shows of recent times.