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Serendipitydodah for Moms is a private Facebook group for moms of LGBTQ kids. The group was started in June 2014 and as of january 2019 there are more than 4,000 members. Each day moms of LGBTQ kids gather virtually to share a journey that is unique and often very difficult. The group is a place where they share a lot of information, ask questions, support one another, learn a lot and brag on their kids. The official motto is “Better Together” and the members nickname themselves “Mama Bears”

The group is private so only members can see who is in the group and what is posted there. For more info about the private facebook group email lizdyer55@gmail.com
For a list of helpful resources for parents of lgbtq kids click here.

There are four subgroups, several special projects and more than 50 regional groups available to the members of the private Facebook group.

The four subgroups include:

Serendipitydodah Mama Bears to the Rescue
 is a subgroup for Serendipitydodah Mama Bears who are willing and able to be available to do small acts of kindness for lgbtq people who need connection, care or assistance. This subgroup makes it easier for members to coordinate and organize to do things such as attend a wedding as an affirming stand in mom, visit someone in the hospital, help someone get settled in a new area, provide some transportation, include someone in their holiday gatherings, send a note of encouragement etc  The work that Mama Bears to the Rescue does is focused on being a “loving presence” in the life of lgbtq people who need connection and support. All members of Serendipitydodah for Moms are eligible to access and participate in the subgroup.

Serendipitydodah MTK is a subgroup where the conversation is trans specific. It is mostly made up of moms of trans kids. The conversation in the subgroup is trans specific. All members of Serendipitydodah for Moms are eligible to access and participate in the subgroup.

Serendipitydodah Blue Ocean Faith is a subgroup for members of Serendipitydodah for Moms who want to dive in deeper to their journey of faith and connect with a faith community that is fully inclusive of lgbtq people. Ken Wilson and Emily Swan, who are both pastors of Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor Church, assist in facilitating the group and offer pastoral care to the members. All members of Serendipitydodah for Moms are eligible to access and participate in the subgroup.

Serendipitydodah for Moms of Double Rainbow Kids is a subgroup of Serendipitydodah for Moms. It was set up specifically for moms of autistic kids who also identify as LGBTQ. The conversation in the group focuses on autistic people who also identify as LGBTQ. All members of Serendipitydodah for Moms are eligible to access and participate in the subgroup.

Special Projects available for members:

The Mama Bear Story Project –  Stories have the power to change the world … they inspire us, teach us, connect us. The Mama Bear Story Project provides a stage for the members of “Serendipitydodah for Moms” to share autobiographical essays and personal portraits in an effort to connect with other moms like themselves and to make the world a kinder, safer, more loving place for all lgbtq people to live.  The project was started in January 2017 and as of July 2018 has published more than 30 essays written by a mom of an lgbtq kid. Each essay includes a portrait of the mom and is shared on The Mama Bear Story Project Facebook page and on the Serendipitydodah Public Blog.

The Made With Love Project invites members of Serendipitydodah for Moms to make heart patterned friendship bracelets for members of the lgbtq community to remind them they are loved just the way they are. Anyone can submit lgbtq people to receive a “Made With Love Bracelet” by sending the person’s name and address in an email to lizdyer55@gmail.com (feel free to also add some information about the person). This is more than a bracelet – this is a movement created by moms of lgbtq kids who are committed to making the world a kinder, safer, more loving place for all lgbtq people to live.

The Banner Blanket Project was started by a member of Serendipitydodah for Moms. The project delivers handmade blankets to LGBTQ teens and young adults who find themselves not supported by their family. The hope is that the blankets delivered to them will serve as a reminder that there is someone who loves and cares about them. Moms of LGBTQ kids who are members of the Serendipitydodah for Moms Facebook group are invited to make no-sew fleece blankets and mail them to assigned recipients. You can nominate someone to receive a Banner Blanket by emailing their name and address to lizdyer55@gmail.com

Free Mom Hugs – Serendipitydodah for Moms is a proud partner of Free Mom HugsFree Mom Hugs is a group of affirming parents who love their LGBTQ+ kids unconditionally and take hugs of love and acceptance to others. They are dedicated to educating families, church and civic leaders, and not only affirming the value of the LGBTQ+ community, but celebrating it. Members of Serendipitydodah for Moms often connect with Free Mom Hugs and get involved with the advocacy work they are doing and the two organizations often work together on special projects and events. Visit the Free Mom Hugs website for more information.

A helpful list of resources for parents of lgbtq kids can be found here.

 


 

Serendipitydodah for Moms is a proud partner of Free Mom HugsFree Mom Hugs is a group of affirming parents who love their LGBTQ+ kids unconditionally and take hugs of love and acceptance to others. They are dedicated to educating families, church and civic leaders, and not only affirming the value of the LGBTQ+ community, but celebrating it. Members of Serendipitydodah for Moms often connect with Free Mom Hugs and get involved with the advocacy work they are doing and the two organizations often work together on special projects and events. Visit the Free Mom Hugs website for more information.

 

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