@er1n huge agree, *especially* in LGBTQ+ circles. A lot of young people don't get the support that they legitimately need from their biological families, and having a community of adults who have gone through the same stuff as them and can be there for them. That's not the only type of friendship you can have, but it is an important one, imo. It's just sad to hear people trash that :/
@dirt @er1n Yep :( I was friends with several 14~18 yo's (inc. 2 trans girls) during my 20s, and even though I identified as "cis-ish" at the time, they still benefited from having a friendly, supportive, trustworthy and more-life-experienced adult to talk to, esp. the one with abusive (& not-trans-accepting) parents 😞 She moved in with me when she was 18 to escape them. She's now 23 and doing better than ever :) Am so proud of her <3
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