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Hi! I am the proud mother of a wonderful GLBTQ son. He has known who he is since he was 2 years old, we just didn’t understand what that was until he was in a GLBTQ support group in 10th grade, and figured out he’s transgender. He has had my full love, acceptance and support this entire time, and later on, his stepfather’s. I also have a long list of “bonus children,” other GLBTQ friends of my son’s who appreciate that I understand and love them for ALL OF who they are.
I jumped at the chance to do this project because I want you to know that I understand how difficult life can be with parents who have religious objections, who think you’re too young to know, who think you’re just a victim of bad influence by others, or any other reason to justify not accepting who you truly are. I’m personally and sincerely sorry that you do not have the kind of support that my husband and I have always shown my son. YOU DESERVE EVERY BIT OF IT! You have MY full support and acceptance because I know that who you are is valuable and worthy. You are important, who you are is important, your just being here makes a difference, and I would be honored if you would accept *my* support.
I would love to be your Holiday Mom. I would love for you to think of me during the holidays and beyond as someone who is committed to, and working for, a world where who you are is honored and celebrated every bit as much as non-LGBTQ-ers. Where you can express your true self in public, either when alone or with someone you love, without having to worry about ugly looks or even the threat of physical violence. Where through your courageous example, the rest of the world learns that we are all on a continuum of sexual identity, and one of gender identity, and that pigeonholing and judging people not only doesn’t serve anyone, but hurts everyone.
I accept you. I honor you. I respect you. I support you in the battles you fight every day.
Your Holiday Mom Anita