Aunties and ‘othermothers’ play huge part in supporting LGBTQ+ youth, new study finds

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01/06/2024

Aunts and ‘othermothers’, who care for children who are not biologically their own, provide significant support to LGBTQ+ youth, new research has found. The new finding is according to the paper “Aunties, Aunts, and Tías: The Forgotten Othermother Supporting and Housing LGBTQ Youth”, published in Socius, an open-access journal of the American Sociological Association. The research shows that aunts and ‘othermothers’ provide both emotional and practical support, including housing, for young LGBTQ+ people. The authors of the paper, who interviewed 83 young people in the summer of 2022, looked at the role of ‘othermothers’ in families in Southern California’s Inland Empire and in south Texas – two areas identified as understudied places in LGBTQ+ research.

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