1. Michelle says:

    Dear Shamama,
    I am at a loss for words. What you and all of the other moms, dad’s and families have done for people such as myself and others in the LGBTQ community means so much to so many of us. Now some of us like myself maybe a bit older that is because we have had to grow up not understanding why we are the way we are and it was viewed as wrong in the eyes of society at large.
    You and the others that have been involved with this project have managed to change or at least put a positive light in someone’s life over this holiday season.
    I find it very touching and inspirational that everyone that has been involved has been able to share a little personal something in their life and it makes it easier to let your guard down a little and realize that they are sincere about what they are saying.
    I look forward to each and every message that comes in my inbox and am going to miss it when it is gone. I happen to come across this web site on accident but it was the best thing I could have come across. I would like to reach out to each individual person that has been a holiday Mom, Dad and or Family but that is hard to do. So it is with these words that I hope you pass on to the rest Thank You for everything and may everyone have a happy and blessed New Year.

    P.S. If you have something in the works for the future maybe you can keep those of us you have helped this holiday season and previous holiday seasons in mind.

    With the Greatest Love and Sincerest Respect to you and everyone involved

  2. Tamilyn says:

    suishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh xo i am soooo blessed to have been in the right place at the right time ..thank you for changing my life and adding some much to it … you shamama ..rock!!!

    love always

  3. Cameron says:

    I really don’t know how to thank you all for this. I would give just about anything to hear words like these from my own mother, whose fundamentalist beliefs tell her that as a trans/genderqueer person, I’m a “sinner” of the worst kind, and therefore will not speak to me. Even at the age of 51, this breaks my heart, as it has since she stopped talking to me 20 years ago. I have not seen her since. Despite all of that, she’s still my mother, and I still love her.

    Thanks to all of you for sending out messages of love to those of us who feel that empty ache in our hearts, and need to hear your warmth and kindness right now. Hugs to all of you.

    • Shamama says:

      Bless you Cameron… my own fundamental belief is that you are awesome, and I adopt kids of ANY age! Welcome to the family and let the hurting start to heal… as of right now… Hugs! Shamama

  4. Arizona Abby says:

    Thank you, Robin. Once again, the light and love in your heart blazes forth and blesses us all.


  5. Wendy says:

    As one of your moms, I thank you! When I hear you and see you, I am overwhelmed with love for you! Your words and kindness always resonate deep with my spirit, and I too will be watching the sun return after the longest night. I will be loving those who need it, and shining from my heart the highest hope of their joy, peace and happiness. From Lovettsville, VA, I share my strength and acceptance. Love and light! ~ Wendy

  6. Jackie L. Robinson says:

    Oh Shamama – thank you! It doesn’t matter that I’m one of our moms and not our ‘audience,’ because really we’re all one and on this day, listening to your beautiful message of loving acceptance – I felt that so deeply. We all need that feeling of being celebrated, needed, loved just because we are HERE. You brought tears to my eyes and a smile in my heart. Thank you so much for your vision, grace and willingness to step out and offer this gift not only to our holiday ‘children,’ but to each one of us who cross paths with this space.

    There are many of us standing in the light on behalf of all. Listening to you talk about Ricky reminded me too, how much I love my brothers and sisters. How heartbroken I would be if they were just ‘gone.’ And then my children–we so NEED these beautiful young people in our world. So to those who are wondering if that’s true, whether you know it or not – we NEED you here. We need your humor, your nerdy intelligence (someone said that a while ago in their comments), your unique differences–all of you. YOU MATTER. Your message, Shamama makes me think of all the ways to let others know how important they are, how loved they are. This was a gift to ME, to so many. And I know people are touched as they hear your words, your story. Thank you. Much love to you and all who gather here. xoxoxo

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