Families are expected to provide unconditional love and support. But after coming out, many people in the LGBTQ community find that these things are conditional. That's why queer people often create "chosen families" -- networks of LGBTQ people who offer support when biological families won't. They take care of your dogs when you're on vacation. They're even caregivers when you enter the final years of your life.
If you were a queer kid growing up in the '90s, there was one place you could turn to for support -- your family your school Roseanne. Remember, this was the pre-Drag Race era. Whatever you think of the show now, back then, the show was remarkably ahead of its time when it came to the LGBTQ community. Roseanne the character, whose friends included a bisexual woman and a gay man, sparked a feud with ABC when she became one of the first women to kiss another woman on air in 1994. Roseanne was one of the earliest shows on television to depict a gay wedding.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Mott, a transgender woman, filed suit in 2016 seeking to change her Kansas birth certificate to identify her as female, but that case was dismissed in 2017. The New York City-based Lambda Legal Defense Education Fund then filed a lawsuit last October, which remains pending, challenging the refusal by Kansas government officials to correct gender identification on birth certificates for transgender individuals.
The National Institutes of Health is spending over $400,000 studying whether gender norms of masculinity and femininity lead LGBTQ individuals to drink too much. Trying to find the "meanings of intoxication" of sexual and gender minorities is the central question of a study that was awarded in late July. The project will "examine the extent to which gendered norms shape risky drinking practices for sexual and gender minority (SGM) young adults," according to the grant for the study. The grant states that alcohol is an "integral component of bars and clubs."
The Supreme Court's 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage changed the course of history, but according to a new survey, it didn't have much impact on how single LGBTQ people view marriage. That's just one of many revelations found in LGBTQ in America, which Match is touting as the "largest nationally-representative study of American singles who identify as LGBTQ" and was produced in association with Dr. Justin R. Garcia, an evolutionary biologist and gender studies professor at Indiana University's Kinsey Institute. Among the other findings in the survey, which polled over 1,000 LGBTQ singles between the ages of 18 and 70-plus: 74 percent said their family would support them in a same-sex marriage. Fifty-two percent of lesbians said they want kids, compared to 36 percent of gay men. Mobile apps, unsurprisingly, are the new matchmakers, with 56 percent of respondents saying they've dated someone they've met online.