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Sara Cunningham’s Anniversary

 A YEAR IN REVIEW. Actually it’s 7 years.  In 2014 my youngest son came out to me. He said, “Mom I met someone, and I need you to be okay about it.” I didn’t take the news well. I said some things and acted in ways that I regret. When he came out of his...

I Did Not Grow Up Gay

I Did Not Grow Up Gay

Guest Blogger Ethan Avanzino I did not grow up “gay”.  My attraction to men hasn’t changed; only the terminology used to describe my attraction. For the first twenty-something years of my life, that word was “straight”; however, post-transition, that word is...

The Spark

The Spark

Those magic moments when you first saw the impact of Free Mom Hugs and what those moments meant in the life of an LGBTQ+ person or how it affected you as an ally. Our board members spent a wonderful evening via zoom with Joan Garry, Non-Profit Consulting as we...

The Equality Act 2021

The Equality Act 2021

The Equality Act is federal legislation that will protect our LGBTQ+ loved ones from discrimination in nearly all areas of life. Everyone deserves a fair chance to experience the freedoms provided for all citizens to enjoy life without fear of harassment or...

Transgender Valentine’s Banquet

Transgender Valentine’s Banquet

The Free Mom Hugs Transgender Valentine’s Banquet is held once a year in Oklahoma City, OK around Valentine’s Day. Founder of Free Mom Hugs, Sara Cunningham, created this event five years ago when she became aware of how often transgender persons miss out on those...

Transgender Military Ban Lifted

Transgender Military Ban Lifted

We are so grateful to have Paula Sophia Schonauer contribute her story regarding the ban on transgender military members being lifted Jan 25, 2021. Paula, an author of Shadowboxer, activist and featured in the documentary Real Life Test has an amazing story to tell as...

Black History Month 2021

Black History Month 2021

We invite you to hear from our amazing SoCal Chapter Leader, Valencia Foster. Her perspective as a woman of color and mother of an LGBTQ+ child is priceless to us at Free Mom Hugs. We hope you will receive a deeper understanding that can only come from a personal...

Wishes Delivered

Wishes Delivered

Wishes, dreams and love were delivered in early December thanks to our generous supporters and with help from our friends at UPS. After seeing the care packages we sent out over the summer on social media, UPS was so moved by the gesture they wanted to collaborate...

Ethan’s Story

Ethan’s Story

In honor of Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance, we wanted to share Ethan's story. Sara and I met Ethan's moms on our Free Mom Hugs Tour of Hope in 2019. As always, the Tour had proven to be magical with our stops along the way to San...

Parker Cunningham: Coming Out Story

Parker Cunningham: Coming Out Story

Getting to Know You A lot of you know me as Sara Cunningham’s son, the “Parker” from “the book”, or the LGBTQIA+ Advocate for Free Mom Hugs. You might NOT know that I’m an artist and a musician, that I’m a cancer (Gemini rising) or that I’ve got a chiweenie named...

National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day

October is LBGTQ History month, and it also holds a life-changing holiday, National Coming Out Day. This holiday was first celebrated in the US in 1988, and was created as a form of activism. The belief that the more people see LGBTQ+ people in their families and in...

May Her Memory Be a Blessing

May Her Memory Be a Blessing

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away Sept 18, 2020 and the news sent many within our LGBTQIA+ circles into a deep state of loss. Justice Ginsburg has been a mighty force for justice and equality, and has been especially dear to the LGBTQIA+ community and to those...

Help Us Celebrate Sara

Help Us Celebrate Sara

Proud Mama Bear Free Mom Hugs founder, Sara Cunningham celebrates her birthday this month, and we at Free Mom Hugs can't help but celebrate all she has done for the organization, but also for families, and the LGBTQIA+ communities as well. Sara works tirelessly being...

Sara Cunningham’s Anniversary

 A YEAR IN REVIEW. Actually it’s 7 years.  In 2014 my youngest son came out to me. He said, “Mom I met someone, and I need you to be okay about it.” I didn’t take the news well. I said some things and acted in ways that I regret. When he came out of his...

The Spark

Those magic moments when you first saw the impact of Free Mom Hugs and what those moments meant in the life of an LGBTQ+ person or how it affected you as an ally. Our board members spent a wonderful evening via zoom with Joan Garry, Non-Profit Consulting as we...

Transgender Military Ban Lifted

We are so grateful to have Paula Sophia Schonauer contribute her story regarding the ban on transgender military members being lifted Jan 25, 2021. Paula, an author of Shadowboxer, activist and featured in the documentary Real Life Test has an amazing story to tell as...

Ethan’s Story

In honor of Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance, we wanted to share Ethan's story. Sara and I met Ethan's moms on our Free Mom Hugs Tour of Hope in 2019. As always, the Tour had proven to be magical with our stops along the way to San...
Parker Cunningham

Parker Cunningham: Coming Out Story

Getting to Know You A lot of you know me as Sara Cunningham’s son, the “Parker” from “the book”, or the LGBTQIA+ Advocate for Free Mom Hugs. You might NOT know that I’m an artist and a musician, that I’m a cancer (Gemini rising) or that I’ve got a chiweenie named...

National Coming Out Day

October is LBGTQ History month, and it also holds a life-changing holiday, National Coming Out Day. This holiday was first celebrated in the US in 1988, and was created as a form of activism. The belief that the more people see LGBTQ+ people in their families and in...
Ruth Bader Ginsberg

May Her Memory Be a Blessing

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away Sept 18, 2020 and the news sent many within our LGBTQIA+ circles into a deep state of loss. Justice Ginsburg has been a mighty force for justice and equality, and has been especially dear to the LGBTQIA+ community and to those...

Help Us Celebrate Sara

Proud Mama Bear Free Mom Hugs founder, Sara Cunningham celebrates her birthday this month, and we at Free Mom Hugs can't help but celebrate all she has done for the organization, but also for families, and the LGBTQIA+ communities as well. Sara works tirelessly being...
Sara Cunningham speaking at a High School Gay Straight Alliance 2019

The Back to School Issue

We know so many parents, students and teachers are struggling right now with what to make of the 2020 school year. We want to send all of you virtual hugs for the challenges ahead. There is so much stress equated with the opening of schools, the decisions to be...
Stillwater, OK Pride 2019 with Sara and Parker

Katrina Kalb — Behind the Hug

Stillwater, OK Pride 2019 with Sara and Parker I am so excited to get to share my story, the behind the scenes look, of my involvement with Free Mom Hugs. This movement, and these people, have altered my life in more ways to count. And my experience over the past 4...