“Every time I’m out with the (Free Mom Hugs) banner, I meet more youth and young adults who need reassurance that they are not alone, that there are people who love and support them,” said Sara Cunningham, who tells of the tears of teens and older adults alike, many of whom haven’t even spoken to their moms and families in years. “I also meet parents who need to be encouraged on their path of loving and accepting their LGBTQ kids. That’s the message we will carry along with our banner.”
I’m really excited about the 2018 Free Mom Hugs Tour that Mama Bear Sara Cunningham and friends are putting together!!!
Sara is a member of Serendipitydodah for Moms, a private facebook group for moms of LGBTQ kids who started a Free Mom Hugs movement a couple of years ago.
In the beginning Sara was going to Pride Parades and other local events handing out Free Mom Hugs to LGBTQ people who needed to know they were loved and accepted.
Then last year she got the crazy idea to travel across the United States and hand out even more hugs … and with a little help from some friends she did it.
Now she is ready to do it again.
This year’s adventure will begin in Oklahoma City in May and from there the tour will stop at 9 other cities where lots of Free Mom Hugs will be given out along the way with some resources and information to help friends, families, educational institutions and local leaders know how to best support LGBTQ people in their community.
On May 13, Mother’s Day, they will spend time at the Matthew Shepard site in Laramie, Wyoming as a special tribute to LGBTQ people and their friends and family members who love and support them.
Here is a press release that has lots more details. Please share it if you can!!
Free Mom Hugs is a non-profit group of Christian moms who love our LGBTQ kids unconditionally, and take those hugs of love and acceptance to others. We also provide resources and education for LGBTQ youth, as well as parents, family, faith leaders, education providers and more.
Last year, founder Sara Cunningham, author of How We Sleep at Night, took the Free Mom Hugs banner on its first national tour, ending at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. She met with educators at a public library in Ohio, cooked homemade dumplings for the largely LGBTQ residents of a homeless shelter in Pennsylvania, and offered hugs across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Free Mom Hugs was officially the first organization ever to be awarded a permit to exercise their First Amendment Rights at Stonewall Inn, where most believe the gay civil rights movement began.
May 4-19, Cunningham will take the Free Mom Hugs banner on its second annual tour across the country, stopping at the Matthew Shepard site in Laramie, Wyoming, on Mother’s Day. Shepard was a 22-year-old gay university student who, in 1998, who was beaten, tortured and left to die. Cunningham and her gay son, Parker, will share their stories with civic, faith and business leaders, and share their hugs with the local LGBTQ communities.
• May 4 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
• May 5 – Wichita, Kansas
• May 5-7 – Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri
• May 8 – Des Moines, Iowa
• May 9-10 – Sioux Falls, South Dakota
• May 11-12 – Rapid City, South Dakota
• May 13 – MOTHERS DAY – Laramie, Wyoming
• May 14-16 – Denver/Boulder, Colorado
• May 17 – Colorado Springs, Colorado
• May 17-18 – Santa Fe, New Mexico
If you would like to help contribute, all donations are tax-deductible and very welcomed!
You can donate in the following way:
• Check or cash
• Through the Free Mom Hugs Go Fund Me page
• Through the Free Mom Hugs Paypal Account Here or via the email: FreeMomHugs@gmail.com