What a Christmas Card Taught Me About Family and Conditional Queer Acceptance

The inclusion of my partner’s name on a family Christmas card reminded me of the power of unexpected grace.

Dr. Thomas J. West III
5 min readJan 10, 2024

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I have what I would generously call a vexed relationship with my extended family, particularly when it comes to my sexuality. If you’re familiar with my…

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Dr. Thomas J. West III
Reluctant Moderation

Ph.D. in English | Film and TV geek | Lover of fantasy and history | Full-time writer | Feminist and queer | Liberal scold and gadfly