Traditionally, family is defined as a group of one or more parents and their children living together as a unit. However, we all know that in present-day, families that resemble the traditional nuclear family ideals are in the minority. While for many Queer people, relationships with their families are important and strong, many who are open about their sexuality, gender identity and gender expression are ostracised by those related to them. This is why 'Chosen Families' are so important for Queer people - relationships we forge with close friends who share similar values to us, and those who are there to support us unconditionally where others perhaps don't.
See: Belonging, Community and Coming out.