Reddit's "Am I The A**hole" (AITA) forum under a throwaway account, the man—who's white—explained that he briefly lived with his best friend's family, otherwise known as his "Black family," as a teenager after his parents kicked him out.The post has garnered more than 11,000 upvotes and over 700 comments from Redditors who argued that his best friend's family should be included in his wedding photos, considering they were the ones who took him in after his biological family cast him out.At the beginning of his post, the man explained that his sister "outed" him as gay to his "very wealthy, conservative parents" when he was 16."After a long back-and-forth between them and me, they decided to kick me out two days after my 17th birthday," he said.According to a 2017 study from Chapin Hall, LGBT youth are "120 percent more likely to experience homelessness than their heterosexual and cisgendered peers," Newsweek reported.The study found that of the U.S.'s 1.6 million homeless youth, more than 40 percent identified as LGBT.
This homelessness rate, said the study, is "rooted in the lack of acceptance of LGBT youth, both in and outside their homes.""Most homeless LGBT people end up on the streets before their 18th birthday, and about a quarter first experience homelessness before they celebrate their sweet 16," the study found, according to Newsweek.Fortunately, the Redditor said his friend's family took him in after his parents kicked him out."In the six months I lived there, my friend's mom became my mom, and her dad became my dad.
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