Ambiguous Loss and Familial Networks: Meanings of Family for Queer and Trans Individuals

Alyx McLuckie (Independent Researcher)

Queer and trans individuals often face challenges defining "family" due to their stigmatized identities. This can lead to feelings of loss of connection, grief related to living family, and the individuals grieving aspects of themselves, especially during transitions. This short paper examines the complexities of ambiguous loss throughout the life course of queer and trans individuals and challenges traditional notions of family as either inherited or created. The goal is to highlight the need for a more inclusive definition of family that recognizes the unique experiences and needs of queer and trans communities.

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