photos by Drew Parker aka Donna Tyme
For many members of the LGBTQ+ community, our chosen families are the foundation of our support systems. These people have accepted us for who we are, unconditionally loved us, and helped us navigate a world that often seeks to erase or marginalize us. With anti-LGBTQ+ legislation being introduced in many parts of the world, it’s more important than ever to recognize the vital role chosen families play in our lives. Despite the legal challenges we face, our chosen families offer a haven where we can be ourselves without fear of judgment or discrimination. It’s up to us to support and uplift each other in these difficult times and to stand together in the face of bigotry and hate. Together, we can create a world where love and acceptance reign and where chosen families are celebrated for the essential role they play in our lives.
This spring, we invited entertainers throughout the Mid-South to join us for a photo shoot to capture a representation of what our community looks like. This Chosen Family photo shoot represents a beautiful cross-section of people, friendships, and the relational ties that bind us to one another. United together, our message is clear. To support each other and fight discrimination. Thanks to everyone who participated and made this possible.