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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...

Chosen Family

Chosen Family

Guest Blogger Spencer Shoup Chosen family. This is a common phrase inside the queer community that holds glowing hope and agonizing death in the same breath. It means that a queer person has somehow broken from their birth family because of their sexuality or gender,...

Gay Talk 2.0 Podcast

Sara Cunningham talks with the boys at Gay Talk 2.0The Gay Talk 2.0 Podcast airs every Monday, with three friends, Tom, Nick and Chris, who love to sit around a table with cocktails, giving their often times hilarious perspectives on the latest news and current events...

Two Strikes

Two Strikes

Laron Chapman is a writer, producer and director from Free Mom Hugs home state of Oklahoma. His film, You People, won Best Oklahoma Film at the 2018 DeadCenter Film Festival. We are grateful for his story and to have him as a our guest blogger. Two strikes. No, that...

The first Pride was a riot.

The first Pride was a riot.

Special guest blogger: Spencer Shoup. You may recall Spencer's story from one of Sara's snail mail videos. She shared a letter and artwork from a young man sharing how important Sara's videos have been as they have traveled the transiton journey with unsupportive...

Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day is a day we honor and remember those who have died serving our country. When I think of military service and the sacrifice members of our armed services make I can't help but think of the members of the LGBTQIA+ community who have had to fight for the...

That’s a Wrap! – Free Mom Hugs Virtual Tour

That’s a Wrap! – Free Mom Hugs Virtual Tour

That’s a Wrap on The Virtual Tour 2020! How do we possibly describe what the Free Mom Hugs Virtual Tour meant to us? We know what we hoped it would mean to you. It was such a disappointment at so much being cancelled and with so many unknowns in the air. We knew no...

Leader Spotlight: Tara Van Nostrand

Tara works so hard for our Arkansas chapter. She is one of our leaders who is always thinking outside the box. She is eager to learn and is quick to jump in and help anyone else in our organization who needs an idea or a helping hand.We asked Tara to answer some...

Leader Spotlight: Barb Schneider

I love how Barb, one of our leaders in Tennessee, shared her story here. So many of our paths to Free Mom Hugs are filled with heartfelt stories. Barb, thank you for being a part of Free Mom Hugs and helping spread our message and mission. My journey to be supportive...

Leader Spotlight: Kara Richardson

Every day of the Free Mom Hugs Virtual tour we are highlighting our dedicated chapter leaders. Free Mom Hugs would not be the movement we are without their dedication and hard work. Today we get to talk about Kara Richardson from our Arkansas chapter. Tell us about...

Leader Spotlight: Carol Keen

Leader Spotlight: Carol Keen

Our Arkansas team is small, but mighty! They have worked so hard over the last year to find great leaders and have done a lot of work to bring awareness to Free Mom Hugs. We are so delighted to have Carol be a part of our leadership team and I know that we are better...

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...

Erin Ritter – Board Member/Chapter Coordinator

I’m Erin McKennah - Ritter, mom of 2 kids, 13 and 9, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and I am still here. I am approaching the end of my graduate program and – fingers crossed – I will be a licensed clinical mental health counselor soon! Becoming Fully Affirming...

SCOTUS Ruling for LGBTQ+ Persons

Guest blogger Cristina Spencer is an author, activist and certified Life Coach. She is a lifelong advocate for gender equality and recently appeared on our Free Mom Hugs Virtual Tour. Cristina joined Sara Cunningham and Kimberly Shappley on one of our most successful...
Jan Pezant Parade

National Board Member – Jan Pezant

I am Jan Pezant and I serve as secretary on the board of directors for Free Mom Hugs Inc. I met Sara Cunningham in June 2016 when a mutual friend asked me if I wanted to go to Oklahoma City Pride to hug with a group of moms of LGBTQIA+ kids. It was the first year that...