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After accusations of homophobia late last year, Highlights children magazine will include an illustration of a same-sex couple in an issue for the first time.

The image will appear in the February issue of the magazine and will show two men loading a station wagon for a family trip.

After announcing their intention to include same-sex families in their magazine Highlights received criticism from conservative Christians, including the Christian advocacy group One Million Moms, but the children’s magazine also received a lot of support from advocates of LGBT people including a letter of support that was signed by more than 400 moms of LGBT kids.

The 400+ moms who signed the letter all belong to Serendipitydodah for Moms, a private Facebook group for open minded Christian moms of LGBT kids. The group is secret so that only members can find it or see what is posted in the group. The group was started in June 2014 and presently has more than 1,400 members. The space was specifically created for open minded Christian moms who have LGBT kids and want to develop and maintain healthy, loving, authentic relationships with their LGBT kids. For more info email lizdyer55@gmail.com

Here is the letter with signatures that was sent to Highlights:

Dear Highlights,

We are part of a large private Facebook group of more than 1,400 moms of LGBTQ kids.

Our group, Serendipitydodah for Moms, was created especially for open minded Christian moms of LGBTQ kids who want to develop and maintain healthy, loving, authentic relationships with their LGBTQ kids.

More than 400 of us are signing this letter to express our deep gratitude and support for your commitment to be inclusive of LGBTQ families in your publication.

We understand this can be a difficult issue to navigate and are so encouraged by the way your organization is responding. Your desire to have LGBTQ people respresented in your publication demonstrates that you value ALL children and are committed to helping ALL children become confident, caring, curious and creative individuals.

We believe you and your organization are serving as a catalyst to make the world a kinder and safer place for families with LGBTQ members to live.

Because of organizations like yours, moms like us, are able to remain hopeful about the future for our children.

With sincere admiration and gratitude,

Abby De Fiesta Cortez 

Adele Berardi

Alecia Moss

Aletheia Wall Zambesi

Alise D Chaffins

Alison Defrese

Allena Brown

Amanda Corry Thorderson

Amanda Curtis Dwyer

Amanda Dalton

Amy Goad

Amy Hansley Bennett

Amy Rueter

Andrea Larson Schultz

Angie Laws

Angie Silver

Angie Stratz Ashmore

Anita Jewell Carter Cockrum

Ann McGee Green

Ann Zweckbronner

Arlene Schulz

Barb Cressy

Becky Cantrall

Beth Barndt Ruthenburg

Beth Breems

Beth McGill-Rizer

Beth Wiggins Baswell

Bethany Kirwen

Betsy Bruce Henning 

Billie Jo Marrs

Bonnie Miranda

Brenda Holloway Bratcher

Bridget Murphy

Candace Winters

Carie Poynor Downes

Carla Iturregui Picasso-Brown

Carla Michaelsen

Carla Short Spivey

Carol Mason

Carole Bass

Caroline Williams Joyce

Carolyn Cage Johnston

Carolyn Walker

Carrie Garske Shank

Caryle A Cox

Cassy Taylor Campos

Cathleen Frantzen Schaber

Chasity Davis

Cheri Nill

Cheri Simpson

Cherie Walker

Cheryl Bakkila-Perkins 

Chris Behne

Christie Hoos

Christie Nader

Christina Lehmann Bergevin

Christina Rosbury

Christy Emigh

Cilla Thomas

Cindy Helzer Baldwin

Cindy Jo Conner

Cindy Morgan

Cindy Richard Broussard

Colleen Hepler Brassington

Colleen Kane

Connie Dupuis

Crista Mason

Crystal Baker

Crystal Wagner

Cyndi Silva Raugh

Cynthia Corsetti

Cynthia Gaye Rahm-Clark

Dana Baker

Dana Huntington-Smith

Danette Mohring

Dawn Bellotti

Dawn Bennett

Dawn Pulley Ervin

Deb Gallagher

Debbie McCullough Hayhurst

Debbie Rogers Greenan

Debbie Wasielewski Tavarez

Debby McCrary

Debi Jackson

Debi Tucker Boland

Deborah Carlyle Enman

Debra Honeywell Myott

Dee-Ann Bodenheimer-Enslin 

Deena Corwin Pfahler

Deleise Carper Brewer 

Denise Ramirez-Tatum

Denise Trainer Webb

Diana Dermit McCarthy

Diana Walla

Diane Simms

Donna Holmes

Donna Thompson Spencer

Donna Turner Hudson

Dorene Rose

Doris Wright

Elaine Falk Parker

Elisa Stoneman

Elizabeth McConnel Sutton

Elizabeth Pierce

Eva Sullivan-Knoff

Felicia Dodd

Frances Lavender

Gena Rogers

Genell Brown

Georgi Persons

Gerry Phifer

Gina Williamson

Glenda Crump

Glenda Purkis Boulton

Gloria Melton

Greta Medrano

Gretchen Doornek Mueller

Harriet Sutton

Heather Clevenger

Heather Gee-Thomas

Heather McCracken Bottoms

Ineka Estabrook

Irene Gilliland

Jacque Wright

Jacqueline Rutledge

Jacqueline Steverson Brown

Jade Cutter

Jamie Hovland

Jamie Tessing Bruesehoff

Jammie Risley Hahn

Jan Pezant 

Jan Roberts

Jan Wightman

Jane Clementi

Jane Moody

Janet Phillips

Janice Dunn White

Janie Romine

Janine Sarah Moore

Jaron Terry

Jeannette Cona-Larock

Jeannie Babb

Jenna Robertson

Jennie Young-Walczyk

Jennifer Donovan Jasgur

Jennifer Dunnam Stringfellow

Jennifer Hancock

Jennifer Robinson

Jennifer Schaffner Burkhardt

Jennifer Seeger

Jennifer Stake White

Jennifer Teeter

Jennifer Wilkins Pearson

Jenny Bishop Morgan

Jerri Surles Collins

Jessica Fahlgren

Jill Blythe

Jill Johnstone

Jill Pote Yarbrough

Jillian Jones

Joani Lea Jack

JoAnn Forsberg

Joann Thompson

Jody Miller Vanderzell

Joy Denton

Judie Brown Gordon

Judith K Volkar

Judy Witzel Harper

Julia Lunardo

Julie Ackerson-Armstrong

Julie Bean Bisgaard

Julie Elliott O’Neal

Julie Greene

Julie Kennedy Eaton

Julie Lenox Haines

Julie Manning Waters

Karen Adams

Karen Decker Kusserow 

Karen Sullivan

Karin Paulus

Karin Triola

Katherine Brown Leidy

Kathi Nicholson

Kathie Moehlig

Kathrine M Kraft

Kathryn Zentner

Kathy Ann

Kathy Ewing-Finley

Kathy Green

Kathy Reim

Kathy Renne Post

Kathy White

Katie Jenifer

Katie Willhite Brooks

Katrina Black

Kay Kelley

Kay Otting

Kay Whistler

Kelli Henry Alamond

Kelli Lewis Decker

Kellie Taylor-Lafevor

Kelly Beane

Kelly Cantwell

Kelly Dembiczak

Kelly M Hunsaker

Kelly McKinsey

Kelly Rae Holiday

Keri Lynn Riley

Kim Belcher Messick

Kim Freeman Weill

Kim Kendall

Kim Lue

Kim McMahon

Kim Sonntag

Kimberly Jones

Kimberly Shappley

Kimberlyn Graham

Kirsten Shaw

Kris Gromm

Krista Burdine

Kristen Capp

Kristi Chenoweth Dubois

Kristi Kodos

Kyle Jump

Lannette Sargent

Laura Beth Taylor 

Laura Sparks Turner

LeAnn Fenner

Leba Shallenberger

Lee Ann Howdershell

Lenora Lea Gill

Lesa Edwards-Schepers 

Lesley Davis

Leslie Jones Webster

Linda Baker

Linda Ling

Linda Rooney

Linda Slater Tow

Linda Wiebe Dickinson

Linda York O’Connell

Lisa Bray

Lisa Cousins

Lisa Giordano Bontemps

Lisa Golden Dugger

Lisa MacGregor

Lisa Maniscalco Hildebrand

Lisa McCrystal Holley

Lisa Schramm

Lisa Scott Wofford

Lisa Wetmore Shinn

Liz Dyer

Loretta Davila

Lori Black Manning

Lori Bradley-Lewis

Lori Chavers Blankenship

Lori Love-Wise

Lori McCoy Simmons

Lori Rogers

Lyndah Kolkmann

Lynette Joy

Lynn Kato

Madai Girard

Maleea Shaver Castillo

Mally Shell Hatch

Marcie Castiglione

Margi Wilmans 

Margie Candler

Maria Breeden

Marianne Minier Walker

Marilynn Bourne Fowler

Marjorie Rudolph

Marlene Hoefer Brummond

Marlene Lund

Marsha Ladd

Martha Maust

Marti Parsons Grahl

Mary Estelle Montgomery

Mary Jo Whitley

Mary Kay Weil

Meg Shull Bierwirth

Melea Broekers

Melissa Ballard

Melissa Brady Silva

Melissa Morritt Coble

Melissa Sosenko DeStefano

Meredith Webster Indermaur

Merryl Dietz

Micah Hoshi

Michele Engle

Michele Manuel Fuselier

Michele Wessel Tarnow

Michelle Bradshaw McComb

Michelle Zulch

Millie Donnell

Miriam Pendley

Monica Ausderau Larmon

Monica Maday

Monica-Niki Elenbaas

Morven Roberts Baker

Nancy Barron Booher

Nancy Johnson Campbell

Nancy MacDonald

Nancy Ruh

Nancy Thompson Flikkema

Nancy Villegas

Nancy Wance

Nicole Havlen Hair

Olivia Santos

Paige Gant

Paige Stover

Pam Ensinger Antos

Pam Swendig

Pam Walsh

Patricia Detzel

Patricia Sjöberg

Patti Atwood Grossman

Patti Mercer Churner

Patti Stone

Patti Stratton 

Paula Unrau

Pauline Carlson

Pauline Daly

Phyllis Barber

Rachel Drouillard

Rachel Keyte

Rachel Sargent

Rebecca Fako Uecker

Rebecca Hedges Lyon

Regina Pitts Woods

Renay Boyes

Renee Utley Bennink

Rev. Mally Baum

Rhonda Hartzell

Rhonda Morrison

Rita Daruvala

Rob Ullinger

Robin Gowan

Robin Protsman

Robinette Nacca-Cooke

Robyn S Haag

Ʀosaııie Ĺane

Rose Stucchio

Roseanne M. Shannon

Rosemarie Varrichio Campbell

Rossana Neglia McLaughlin

Roxanna Villars Gambrell

S Anderson

Sandra Cathers

Sandra Van Dyne

Sandy Collins

Sandy McClure

Sara Cunningham

Sara Hoel May

Sarah Langley

Sarah Mills Holbrook

Sarah Thacker-Estell 

Shannon Eaton

Shawna Dicintio

Shay Bisbee Haude

Shelley McBride

Sheri Martin 

Sherrl McFerrin Townsend

Sondy Eklund

Stacey Frazier

Stacey Jackson Baeumler

Stacy Gouge Drake

Stephanie Anderson

Sue Howard

Sue Tresatti

Susan Berland

Susan Cloys Seaman

Susan Cottrell

Susan Foss Naranjo-Stultz

Susan Hammontree Fortney

Susan Ledbetter

Susan Merritt Slattery

Susan Metcalf

Susan Ridley Griffin

Susan Wardzinski

Susy Rowe Barnhill

Suzanne Lambert Mann

Tamara Darbin

Tamara Totoro Dick

Tammi Perkins

Tammy Flowers Mejdrich

Tammy Watson

Tammy Wenzinger

Tamra Jennings

Tana Lightbown Hendricks

Tari Card

Tenley Dyck

Teresa Medlin Poston

Teresa Parker

Teri Henderson

Teri Stueland Kay

Terri Cook

Terri Gervasi

Terri Nolt

Terri Schempf

Terry Hall Sanchez

Theresa Moore Martinez

Theresa Tasker

Tina Tocheri Thomas

Tonda Campbell Hoyt 

Toni Ann Bradley

Tracie Sells

Tracy Jepson

Tricia Kaufman-Waddell 

Tricia Willard 

Valerie Amoling Cronin

Vanessa Horton-Hendershot

Vanessa Melchiori

Vicki Kemp Whorton

Vicki March Belsterling

Vicki Westphal

Vicky Barnes

Vlada Knowlton

Wendy Wiley Canedy

Whitney Straub

Zenia Robertson

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