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May 16, 2020

Leader Spotlight: Kathy Armstrong

When you learn a little about Kathy who serves with our Georgia chapter you will understand why people are drawn to her. She not only advocates for her son, but all people and has a daily goal of making at least “one person” know they are important. I am so grateful that Kathy is part of our team.

Tell us about your journey and how you came to a place of support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

I have been an ally since I was young and I raised my son that everyone deserved to be treated equal no matter who they loved. My son is part of the LGBT community along with several of his friends. He would have them call me to talk and listen to their stories and hear about hair and clothing advice. My son lives in the DC area and heard about Free Mom Hugs. He sent me a link saying,  “this is you.” I emailed FMA and at that time there wasn’t a group yet in Savannah. But as soon as one was organized, I signed up to get involved.

If you have an LGBTQIA+ child, your “reason”, tell us about them, him, or her.

My son is 23 and identifies as Pansexual. He was diagnosed with Aspergers when he was 6 and I was told that he would have many challenges ahead because of it. He did face many challenges, but he came out the other side. He loves all people and is one of those people like his mom that people tell their stories to and feel free doing so.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your “reason” for getting involved in advocacy work?

There are too many people that are not accepted or loved for who they are. Life is tough and no one should feel that who they are is anything but perfect.

What makes you proud to be their mama?

He is a fighter. He fought to achieve so many things when people told him he couldn’t. He accepts people for who they are and is a supporter of all people.

When did you first hear about Free Mom Hugs and what motivated you to get involved as a volunteer for the organization?

I was already doing this for my son’s friends so why not share with my community. I live in a town that has 3 colleges with many in the community who are away from home and may not have acceptance at home. They need to know they are loved.

What excites you most about being involved with FMH? That I might be able to make one person know that they are special and loved unconditionally.

What brings you the most fear? That closed minds won’t grow and that there is someone out there that feels totally alone.

What brings you the most joy? My son and the village of people who have become my family. And sharing hope with others.

Tell us about some of the exciting things the chapter in your state is working on.  We are working on becoming more visible in the community and the schools in this area.

Is there anything else we need to know about you and what makes you, you? I have a goal each day to make one person know they are important.

If you too want to volunteer with Free Mom Hugs in Georgia or anywhere, email us at [email protected] and we will get you connected with your chapter.

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