We can't all have a mom, a dad, and a dog named skippy (some of us don't want it.) Stories of those not-so-standard families.

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I’m Not My Mother’s Cleaning Lady

People see an elderly white woman and her middle-aged black daughter and assume I must be the hired help.

My Childhood on the Run From the FBI

I didn't think twice about the fact that we moved a lot, or that Dad always traveled separately. Then one day in middle school, Mom finally explained that we were fugitives.

My Foster Parents Loved Me. And I Hated Them For It.

I needed the stability they provided, but I resented the hole I was supposed to fill in their lives.

An Aging Mother’s Animated Love Letter to Her Autistic Son

“Who would look after him if I wasn’t here?” and other questions this mom asks herself every day.

How a Trip to Disneyland Changed My Trans Family Forever

We thought we were being generous by giving my dad a week to live as a woman. But once we had that week together, we could never go back.

I Want to Divorce My Husband. I Don’t Want to Lose His Daughter.

The D-word is a different kind of difficult when walking away means the kids aren’t yours anymore.

My Foster Child Was Finally Reunited with Her Mother. Is It Horrible That I Want Her Back?

When I took in a twelve-year-old with PTSD, I knew it would be difficult. What I didn’t realize was how hard it would be to let her go.

My Mother and I Went Through Gender Transitions at the Same Time

When I told my parents that their daughter was about to become their son, it made it much easier to find out one of them was going through the same thing.

I Met My Long-Lost Brother…And I Was Overcome With Lust

I was 34 years old and it was a primal attraction I couldn’t control. But this was before I discovered Johnny’s dark predilections.