In the LGBT community, there are many children and young people who are rejected by their families and friends when they decide to come out. Its extremely difficult for them to achieve acceptance by parents, religions, among others. Fortunately, there are some incredible moms and dads out there who are willing to offer a loving hug when these youngsters need it most. Author, blogger and speaker Jen Hatmaker decided to go to an LGBT parade called the Austin Pride Parade. Her goal was to give hugs to those rejected by their families.
Hugs to rejected young people
On August 12, Jen shared on Instagram that her church recently went to the LGBT Austin Pride parade for one important reason. “[We] gave out Free Mom Hugs, Free Dad Hugs, Free Grana Hugs, and Free Pastor Hugs like it was our paying jobs,” she wrote. “And when I say hugs, I mean THE KIND A MAMA GIVES HER BELOVED KID.”
Jen shared that their arms were never empty. “We ‘happy hugged’ a ton of folks, but dozens of times, I’d spot someone in the parade look our way, squint at our shirts and posters, and RACE into our arms. These were the dear hearts who said:
Young people moved by the hugs
“I miss this.” “My mom doesn’t love me anymore.” “My dad hasn’t spoken to me in three years.” “Please just one more hug.” “Even the pastor gave out hugs, which can be especially emotional for LGBTQ kids who have been rejected by their churches.”
Jen was thrilled by the repercussion of her actions on the LGBT parade “We told them over and over that they were impossibly loved and needed and precious. And we hugged until our arms fell off,” she said. “This is what we are doing here, what we are here for.” At the end of the parade, Jen shared a selfie of herself. She was “covered in glitter, sweat and more than a few tears.”
The initiative was organized by the Free Mom Hugs Organization. The group says its members are mothers who “love and affirm LGBTQ kids fully.” A seemingly small gesture like this means a lot to these people. They don’t feel loved by their own mothers, fathers and pastors. Ever imagined being rejected by all people you love?
It’s really amazing how much love we can spread with a simple hug! Share if you think that, as much as there are differences between parents and children, they should never stop loving each other!
Source: Cafe Mom