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Children's issues: Chosen families in the LGBTQ realm

Family means many things to many people these days and gone are the times when most all families consisted of mom, dad, kids, family dog and the station wagon. Even though diversity is acceptable today, some British Columbia residents who are part of the LGBTQ community still don't get the support of their biological family members. Some children's issues may also be affected when kids begin to spend time with chosen family members -- or people who are accepting of diverse lifestyles.

For instance, parents who are in same-sex unions may have close friends who support them and who they consider family. These people usually become close to any children of the couple and may be provided with unconditional acceptance, love and support by these chosen family members. Often these chosen family members come from necessity.

It is important for LGBTQ children to have this type of support as well, according to experts. Kids who are gay are often on the receiving end of bullying. It's crucial for these children to have people in their lives to let them know there is nothing wrong with them and that there is nothing wrong with having two moms or two dads. 

The LGBTQ issue is one of the most important when it comes to children's issues in British Columbia. The law says that children have rights, too. For those people who are unclear of what those rights are, talking to a lawyer experienced in family law might be helpful. A lawyer may be able to shed light on those areas that seem confusing.

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