Deciding to come out as LGBT+ to their family is one of the most difficult things a queer person can do. And when their parents and other family members struggle to accept their sexuality, it can become even harder for them to feel loved and supported. However, a lovely group of moms, dads, and church members have set out to change the narrative, armed only with much-needed hugs.
When Two Communities Clash
For several decades, there has been a rift between the LGBT+ community and religious groups. Many who are a part of the queer community who come from conservatively religious families often face the fear of backlash when coming out to their parents. Unfortunately, this is sometimes the case. However, an open-minded Christian group is out to change the narrative. They’ve already begun to spread some incredible amounts of love and support!
Struggling To Embrace Her Son
Sara Cunningham is the woman behind a new movement of “mom hugs”, though she wasn’t always a crusader for LGBT+ rights. When her son first came out as gay, she struggled immensely to accept his sexuality. Considering she had been raised in a conservative and highly religious environment, she felt as if her child was contradicting her faith and that they could not co-exist. However, after months of doubt, her son transformed her mindset with a single statement.
Learning To Love The LGBT+ Community
One day, her son asked to talk to her and said, “I met someone and I need you to be okay with it.” Recognizing that her child’s happiness was more important than outdated values, Cunningham began to become more educated about the LGBT+ community. Eventually, she and her husband found it in their hearts to begin attending Pride events! However, Cunningham discovered an upsetting truth at these colorful and joyous celebrations.
Free Mom Hugs: Both Heartbreaking And Heartwarming
Many people who were attending Pride events had been rejected by their families. Cunningham decided to form an organization called Free Mom Hugs: a group dedicated to being “stand-in” parents to LGBT+ individuals who had been shunned by their parents. Many of the members are from her local church, and they took to Austin Pride this year to offer mom, dad, grandma, and pastor hugs to LGBT+ people who had been neglected by their families. And the responses to their hugs were more grateful than they ever could have anticipated.
Healing Through Hugs
After giving out hugs “like it was [their] paying job”, Cunningham and other members of Free Mom Hugs were showered with words of both heartbreak and thanks. “My dad hasn’t spoken to me in three years,” one person told them, while another simply asked for “one more hug.” “We told them…that they were impossibly loved and needed and precious,” another group member, Jen Hatmaker, reinforced. And for many at Austin Pride, those hugs were the perfect reminder.
Be Careful, These Fashion Trends Might Be Making You Look Much Older
No matter what the fashion magazines are saying is in style, it is never on trend to look older. But unfortunately, even some of the latest styles are making people appear to be much older than their age. So which of these outfit blunders have you been committing? To avoid the fashion faux pas and appear youthful and hip to the times, here are some styles that ought to be avoided.
Los hábitos de compra que alguna vez fueron populares y que la mayoría de los millennials se niegan a comprar
No hay debate al respecto, los tiempos están cambiando. Y con los tiempos cambiantes vienen las demandas cambiantes de algunos de los productos que solían considerarse esenciales. Para los millennials, el grupo de edad nacido entre 1981-1996, algunos de los productos sin los que Estados Unidos solía no poder vivir ahora se están abandonando por completo. Desde electrodomésticos hasta productos alimenticios populares, sigue leyendo para ver algunos de los efectos sorprendentes de los hábitos de compra de los millennials.
Tenga cuidado, estas tendencias de moda pueden hacer que parezca mucho más viejo
No importa lo que digan las revistas de moda que están de moda, nunca está de moda parecer mayor. Pero, desafortunadamente, incluso algunos de los últimos estilos hacen que las personas parezcan mucho mayores que su edad. Entonces, ¿cuál de estos errores de atuendo has estado cometiendo? Para evitar el paso en falso de la moda y parecer juvenil y moderno para la época, aquí hay algunos estilos que deben evitarse.