What We Do
Sara Cunningham began her journey of becoming an advocate of the LGBTQIA+ community through her relationship with her gay son. She founded Free Mom Hugs in 2014 and since that time many parents and allies across the country joined the movement to accept, love and support the LGBTQIA community. Free Mom Hugs became an established 501(c)(3) non profit organization in 2018 to fight for human rights for all.
Free Mom Hugs became an established 501(c)(3) non profit organization in 2018 to fight for human rights for all.
The beginning of Free Mom Hugs is unlike most other organizations.
It started when founder Sara Cunningham self-published a memoir in 2014 about becoming an affirming Christian parent of a gay son. She later attended a pride parade with a homemade button proudly marked with “Free Mom Hugs” to offer hugs to the LGBTQ community.
Her acts grabbed attention and more people wanted to be involved. In just over three years since becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Free Mom Hugs has grown into a national movement with chapters in all 50 states and initiatives developing in other countries. Sara's story has been shared around the world and is the focus of an upcoming movie featuring Jamie Lee Curtis that will chronicle her life's journey.