One sad fact around the world is, there are many, many kids who realize one day that they belong to the LGBT community and after learning this fact they are rejected by their families and friends when they decide to voice their real selves. It can be the toughest task in the world for some kids, teens, and even adults to be accepted by their parents, their churches, etc. -- and some unfortunate ones never really do. Luckily, there are some super cool moms and dads out there who are willing to offer a loving hug which is what these kids need the most.
Author, blogger, and speaker Jen Hatmaker recently took to Instagram to share just how influential was made by the "mom hugs" at the Austin Pride Parade.
Sara Cunningham, founder of Free Mom Hugs and the author of How We Sleep at Night, started the group in Oklahoma in 2015. Today the group has achieved some thousands of followers and huggers across the nation. They attend events offering hugs, support, and resources to the LGBTQ+ community.
Sara says, “I’m a Christian mom with a gay kid living in Oklahoma saying enough is enough. If I don’t fight for my son (and his rights) like my hair is on fire, then who will? It’s time we celebrate our LGBTQ+ children. And I won’t stop until I no longer hear horror stories from the LGBTQ+ community and their mothers.”
The first national tour of Free Mom Hugs came to an end at Stonewall Inn, the gay bar and historic landmark in New York City, where the first LGBTQ+ activists started a movement in the year 1969 in a constant uprising against a police raid. Free Mom Hugs was officially the first ever organization to be awarded permission to exercise their First Amendment Rights at Stonewall, where most believe that the gay civil rights movement started.
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