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40 Moms. 40 Messages. 1 Happy LGBTQ Holiday
Moms sharing love for any LGBTQ youth going viral this holiday season.

EASTON, MD – NOVEMBER 8, 2013 – Moms are often the true catalyst to making the world a better place. This holiday season, it’s going viral thanks to a group of individuals on a mission to improve the lives of all LGBTQ children. is a blog offering written, audio and video messages of encouragement during the holiday season. In its second season, more than moms are writing letters. Dads, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends are all writing to show their love and support.

The messages are hitting home to LGBTQ youth: “My little brother is in my arms sobbing, and has been for the past ten minutes; because, and I quote, ‘At least someone loves me.’ (Our mother rejected my coming out, and refuses to even acknowledge his; it’s messed with him, even though we no longer live with her.) Thank you so much for your love and affection for us. I can’t even express how grateful we are. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

Reader Viktor writes: “Oh. My. God. My heart. Thank you so much. You don’t know how much this means to me, and probably hundreds, if not more, LGBT kids out there. I came out to my mom on October 21. Just last month. The day before my birthday. She didn’t take it as well as I had hoped. I hadn’t cried in 4 years, and I cried myself to sleep that night. But I told my brothers about it the next day. They were great about it. I don’t know what I would have done if they hadn’t been so accepting. Anyways, all my life I’ve wanted my mom to sit down with me and have a conversation with me telling me that it’s ok to be different. That different was better. That she still loved me the same no matter what.”

Founder Robin Rice of Be Who You Are Productions, Inc. knew there was a need. “Thirty years ago, I lost my little brother to suicide because he feared he was gay and simply could not live in a world that would not support him if this were true. Today, I still feel that hole in my heart, and so I do whatever I can to support LGBTQ youth,” says Robin Rice, creator of the blog. “I started by gifting Christmas Stockings to LGBTQ shelters as a way to say I care, and then last year, I put out an audio recording called Your Holiday Mom. I knew we needed something more than just one voice, so last year I asked for 40 moms to open their hearts. Supportive moms from all walks of life are out there and this is a story most don’t hear. It was so popular, we had 35,000 interactions in 40 days. Now, we want to extend this to dads and other family and friends, so that everyone can share their love and support.”

Supportive mom Michelle Griffin was delighted to help. “My husband and my three LGBTQ kids were excited to find out I was participating in the project. It is not only an opportunity to be involved in helping others, but a chance to reinforce to my own children that they are accepted and loved just as they are, and that our family is willing to stand up for them in the larger community.”

“We are just family members who care and have created a way to show it during the often emotionally difficult holiday season,” says Rice. “Isn’t that what the season is supposed to be about—family, caring, and people coming together? We may have to do it in cyberspace, but we can still make a difference in someone’s life.”



6 thoughts on “Press

  1. I wanted to thank you during the holiday season, but it’s taken me a month to be able to read any of your letters without tearing up so hard I can’t keep the screen any more. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I don’t have the words for how much brighter you made my life while I waited to see if I would be invited to my own home for the christmas. I was late to a few classes because I started reading a letter in the restroom and couldn’t leave until I stopped crying tears of joy at the overwhelming joy and confort it brought me to think about all these wonderful people in the world, making room for others in their hearts and homes. I know I’m repeating myself, but I really truly needed to thank you. You give me hope for next year, and hope for all the people less fortunate than me.

    • Hello Sierra… I am so glad you were able to write, and I am sorry it took so long for us to reply, we are only on the site during the holidays, but I am so very glad it touched you!!! Robin

  2. I am so touched by the work you are doing. I am a mom, too. My daughter (who happens to be straight) is the absolute light of my life. I can hardly bear the thought of any child who feels disenfranchised, and does not know unconditional mother love. Is there a way for me to make a small love offering to help you in your mission? Please let me hear from you. Love and peace. Lisa from Michigan

    • Hello dear Lisa… the beauty of this site is that we make no money, and need no money… it is just a gift created out of love and words… but thank you, thank you for your offer. Just give in your comments, more love to go around! HUGS, Shamama

  3. I wanted to reach out and thank you for this healing idea you had for the holiday season.

    I am a crisis intervention and suicide prevention counselor for LGBT youth and I hear all too often of our youth who feel unloved by their families or churches because of whom they love or how they define their gender. This has a negative impact on the health and well being of children and adults and can lead to addiction, despair, depression and even suicide.

    Your letters on this site are beautiful and healing for those who lost the love of their mom.

    What do I know?? I lost my mother’s love due to homophobia and I found comfort from your website and the healing articles from those who have contributed.

    You are not just an ordinary mom. You are somebody who left this world a bit better by the good you are doing. Perhaps you are a real life super hero and part of an unique group out in the world who turned their pain into power by being of service and helping others.

    I have found if you want to help yourself then help others.

    God bless you, your angel writers and this web site and all the people benefited by it this holiday season.

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL mankind.

    Rob Scott
    Chicago, IL

    • Bless you dear Rob… we are so glad for the work you are doing in the world! LOVE and HUGS, Shamama

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