To many of us when we think of Family we immediately bring to mind a mom and dad one or more children. The model is for a heterosexual couple practicing monogamy whose children are cisgender and straight. This would seem to be the model and in fact it is still a cultural norm, well sort of......
This model doesn't recognize the parents who have sexual relations outside of their marriage, it ignores the serialized monogamy that produces step families, the children (and parents) who hide their same sex and/or transgender identities. These are just a few of the variations of family life.
Culturally we have shamed and punished single parent families, and ignore the struggles of step or "blended," families. We fear what to do when a family member openly declares, without toxic shame, that they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
Now some adults are practicing consensual non-monogamy or polyamory where they freely love more than one other adult openly and unapologetically.
What is good about this is that the families that we think of as "traditional." are free to continue as they choose, and now others who know that their hearts, minds, and spirits find love and happiness in the "non-traditional."
Below we present resources for those who are truly finding "love outside of the box."