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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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.

I Was Taught to Hate My Lesbian Neighbors. They Took Me In Anyway.

The summer my parents’ marriage was falling apart, my best friend’s two moms saved me—even though my dad said they were going to Hell.

Becoming a Widow…Just As I Was About to Get Divorced

What it felt like to stand at the deathbed of my almost-ex-husband, with his girlfriend at my side.