Queer couples are forming “TikTok families” to help LGBTQ youth feel safe and accepted. 

Queer couples are forming “TikTok families” to help LGBTQ youth feel safe and accepted. From content creative collectives to cults, the social app has become a platform for users to connect with each other and form communities. Now, Millennial queer couples are making videos where they act as the parents that queer kids “always wanted.” Mafia MomsAngelic Goddess Dads, and Supermagical Aunties—who all collectively have millions of followers—are among some of the popular accounts who provide an outlet for young users who “don’t have the at-home structure they need or desire” and reaffirm their sexuality, gender identity, or even their dyed hair. According to data from the Trevor Project, nearly 40% of LGBTQ+ kids have contemplated suicide in 2019, while 71% reported feeling sad or hopeless. Meanwhile, an HRC report found that queer youth are 120% more at-risk of experiencing homeless compared to their straight counterparts. One expert said the emergence of “TikTok families” is “flipp[ing] the concept of parenting on its head” and proving that young people can get those forms of acceptance from friends and chosen family. (Teen Vogue)

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