So, how was your Christmas? I spent mine alone although I had a lovely time eating out with members of my local trans community a couple days before Christmas.
Christmas can be a difficult time for many LGBTQ+ people who are estranged from their families. Karen Pollock explores the myths and pressures of the perfect family Christmas.
So, as the song, says, this is Christmas, a time supposedly of merriment and goodwill to all. For some though it can be a season decidedly lacking in goodwill. The Hidden Voices report into family estrangement, supported by Stand Alone, a family estrangement charity, found that 90% of people who are estranged from their whole family, or a key family member struggle in the holiday season.
This is hardly a surprise if you think about the way Christmas is sold to us. Happy families sit around tables laden with a feast of herculean proportions. Everyone is smiling, granny is never racist, and Uncle Ted never makes pointed comments about how it’s high time you settled down and got married. Being cut off…
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