by Maria Nakae
What does your family look like? Does it look like the stereotypical nuclear family – two straight parents, two kids and a dog living in a house with a white picket fence? Probably not. Mine certainly doesn’t, and neither do the vast majority of the families in this country.
Then why do so many policies treat us as if our families are any less valuable or deserving? Because the very limited way that “family” has been defined by the Right for the past thirty years means that our families, which come in all different shapes, colors and sizes, are often left out and even punished.
It’s time to fight back, and tell the world what OUR families look like. So we’re collecting 5,000 stories as part of our new Strong Families initiative, which will change the culture and policies in this country to benefit our families, the way that we define them and no matter what they look like. By telling our stories, we can send a strong message to opinions leaders and elected officials about what our families need and what makes our families strong. Tell your strong family story today!
Many of our friends and allies have already told their strong family story. Here’s one of my favorites. Emma tells the story of how she and her mom have overcome struggle by keeping hope alive.