Even with the increased visibility of LGBTQ+ struggles and individuals, many public spaces remain inherently unsafe for Queer People of Color (QPOC). For many people who experience oppression at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality, recent gains in legal rights do little to ensure that they are safe in the public sphere. The creation and maintenance of separate and private spaces for LGBTQ+ identified people is often a necessary tactic for survival. Chosen Family, highlights the story of 5 women identified people of color who create an intentional safe space in an attempt to foster community and build their 'Chosen Family'.
Immediately after the events of The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo and the dwarves try to defend Erebor's mountain of treasure from others who claim it: the men of the ruined Laketown and the elves of Mirkwood.