Twitter becomes the refuge for gay members of every family during Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time for families across America to come together and be thankful.
For a lot of gay people though, being surrounded by relatives who may or may not know you’re LGBT can be a little…stressful.
One thing we can be thankful for though, is Twitter, where every ‘gay cousin’ can express their closeted frustrations freely.
From regular Twitter users to gay celebs, we can all relate to be the only gay cousin at the holidays.
Here are some of our favourite ‘gay cousin’ Tweets this Thanksgiving:
YouTuber Tyler Oakley took it to a political level…
But it was Carloz Maza who really summed up the community spirit felt this Thanksgiving on Twitter.
But not every LGBT person has a family, of course.
Too many are rejected because of who they are and end up living in other ways.
Last year Madonna spent Thanksgiving with homeless children living in an LGBT youth centre.
The Ali Forney Centre in New York City provides a home for LGBT youth and gives them the tools necessary to live independently.
In an adorable group selfie, Madonna explained that she opted to spend the holidays with the kids because “everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home.”
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The organisation, which is named after a 13 year old who left home after their family couldn’t accept their gender identity, works with children across New York to learn how live independently and not fall into homelessness later in life.
“This center protects LGBT Youth from the harms of homelessness and empowers them to reclaim their lives. Each year the Ali Forney Center provides care for over 1,200 youth who are rejected by their family due to their LGBT identity.”
“AFC provides these youth with tools they need to become independent and more importantly, AFC provides these youth with the love and support they are denied by their families. Because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home,” the singer wrote on instagram.
The centre supports nearly 1,400 children every year who’ve become homeless after being kicked out by their families who were un-accepting of their gender or sexual identity.