It was interesting to see the initial definition of family conflicting with what the definition of family stands for today. The family varies across different race, culture and customs but the universal language for family is love and being cared for as a group together. Most people considered the ones who love them as family and not necessarily the biological parent or blood relatives. It was very interesting to see the “family” in other cultures, the differences in the construct of family and it seems to work just fine for each culture.
With regards to the LGBTQ community, it is unfortunate that the struggle for that community has been ongoing for such a long time. Their struggles starts with their family lives, “Coming of out the closet,” and for many has been a painful process. Some maintained heterosexual relationships while secretly having gay/lesbian relationships. Some progress has been made and many are now more open about their sexual orientation. Unfortunately the recent mass shooting in Florida has once again shed the spotlight on how tedious the struggle has been for the LGBTQ community. The senseless killing of so many innocent people is so difficult to process in one’s mind.