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Family of Origin, Family of Choice
Stories of Queer Christians
Katie Hays and Susan A. Chiasson
Foreowrd by Paula Stone Williams

PAPERBACK; Coming Soon: 4/20/2021
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7857-1
Price: $ 19.99
162 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.5
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Testimonies for LGBTQ+ Christians and all who love them 

What happens in a family when one member comes out? How does LGBTQ+ identity affect relationships with parents and grandparents, siblings and cousins? What does Christian love require and make possible for families moving forward together?

A social scientist and a pastor, both from Galileo Church on the outskirts of Fort Worth, Texas, asked their LGBTQ+ friends from church to help them understand how they navigate relationships with their affirming, non-affirming, and affirming-ish families of origin, even as they also find belonging in other families of choice. The resulting stories, crafted from interviews with fifteen queer Christians and family members, kept anonymous at their request, are as varied as the colors of the rainbow. Over the years, some grew closer to their families of origin; others grew more distant. Some were surprised by the hardness of heart they encountered; others were amazed by the breadth of their family’s love. Most all describe a trajectory, a journey, from the coming-out moment till now and beyond, as their families of origin, like all families, remain a work in progress.

Table of Contents

The Pastor’s Introduction: The Power of Testimony
The Social Scientist’s Introduction: We’re Listening
The Stories
Jake: All of Me
Cole: In My Own Head
Evelyn: A Lifelong Quest for Unconditional Love
Marion: Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell.
Leanne: Hiding for Too Long
Ava: Doing the Work
Kyra (and Neve): Prepare Yourself
Daniel and Kellie: Permanent Distance, Not Going Back
Rory: Sometimes It Gets Better; Sometimes It Gets Worse
Jackie: Smelling the Shit That Was Always There
Karen and Kurt: The Mama Bear and the Interpreter
Noah: “Family Is Bullshit”
The Social Scientist’s Reflections: A Road Map with a Destination for Everyone
The Pastor’s Conclusion: Relationship Is Possible