Embracing Queer Family

Learning to Live Authentically in Our Families and Communities

Embracing Queer Family

Learning to Live Authentically in Our Families and Communities

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Embrace the Queerness of your family, take ownership of your journey, and use your voice to bring light to your communities.

When Nia Chiaramonte came out as a trans woman to her wife Katie, she knew she would be met with a loving response. But she was less sure where this would leave their relationship, their marriage, and their family. Even murkier was what would happen when they began to bring their extended family, friends, and broader community alongside them on their journey of identity formation as a Queer family. They needed a guide for what lay ahead.

Now, drawing on their own experiences as well as their expertise in psychology, spirituality, and family systems, Nia and Katie Chiaramonte offer the tools they wish they'd had for their journey. Embracing Queer Family is a guidebook for Queer families on how to live into their true selves and strengthen their communities through radical love, acceptance, and mutual healing. With hands-on tools for learning and reflection in each chapter, this needed resource tackles issues of inclusion and acceptance and offers practical advice for how individuals and families can honor themselves and find transformation for their whole community through love.

Whether you are a Queer person on the journey of self-awareness, an ally looking for resources, or a family member seeking advice for how to navigate a loved one's coming-out process, this book is for you.


"I've been queered in my relationships to friends, family, and congregants. Though I am cis and straight, my theology has been queered. I see God differently, preach differently, advocate more passionately for a world in which my queer and becoming beloveds know for sure they are magical and created in the image of God. Nia and Katie have queered me, with beautiful work, stories, anecdotes, wisdom, and frank and fierce love." 

Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, senior minister for Public Theology and Transformation at Middle Church; author of Ten Essential Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation and The Power of Stories 

"A deeply compassionate and helpful guide for Queer and trans folks and the people who love them. Nia and Katie Chiaramonte encourage understanding, differentiation, and loving boundaries--all of which are necessary for strong relationships--and provide a beautiful illustration of the truth that freedom for one person can lead to freedom for others as well." 

Austen Hartke, author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians 

"This tender, insightful, and substantive book will help you, your family, and your community respond with love to a queer family member. Drawing from the authors' own experience, it helps you navigate through confusion and conflict to trust, hope, and love." 

Brian D. McLaren, author of Faith After Doubt 

"Family is a contested term for LGBTQIA+ persons, and family is essential to feel normal again. Finding the right kinds of familial ties or relationships, whether biological or chosen, is essential for queer people and queer families. Bonds of love are what help reduce harm against those of us who are different. This book shows us the way of one family's journey toward normalcy and building queer family. I hope you will read it and learn, as I have learned, how essential feeling normal is for Queer and Transgender folks." 

Roberto Che Espinoza, PhD, author of Activist Theology and Body Becoming: A Path to Our Liberation 

"We all deserve to find a little peace for ourselves, and Katie and Nia help us to discover ourselves most gently with this book. They also remind us that while our stories are not the same, we can see ourselves in each other and our collective power as queer folks." 

Courtney Reyes, LGBTQ+ advocate 

Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506490861
  • eBook ISBN 9781506490922
  • Dimensions 5.75 x 8.75
  • Pages 219
  • Publication Date May 14, 2024