A new website called “Your Holiday Mom ” has been launched to give LGBT youth and adults a virtual family to spend the holidays with — in addition to lots of love and support. Because no one should feel alone or unloved during the holidays. The site posts a new letter every day leading up to Christmas, and this year has 40 mothers participating.
“We are just family members who care and have created a way to show it during the often emotionally difficult holiday season,” writes Your Holiday Mom founder Robin Rice, who lost her brother to suicide thirty years ago because he feared he was gay. “Isn’t that what the season is supposed to be about—family, caring, and people coming together?” Rice writes. “We may have to do it in cyberspace, but we can still make a difference in someone’s life.”
On the site, the moms describe their own family holiday traditions, their children, and their family, seeking to make the readers feel included in the holiday fun and sending messages of love and acceptance.
Holiday Mom Sandi, whose family celebrates both Christmas and Hannukah, writes, “Know that although I don’t know you – that I do know you and am there for you. … Now please pass the potato latkes!”
“I’m here to tell you that you are amazing,” writes Holiday Mom Jennifer. “You are courageous. You are exactly who you are supposed to be. If anyone believes otherwise, well then they are missing out on knowing how incredible you are.”
A beautiful and loving website that is guaranteed to restore your faith in man/womankind.
Honey Maid won’t back down to the hater who say that Satan runs their company after they filed a gay family inclusive commercial. While most companies try to ignore or downplay the negative reactions NOT Honey Maid not only did they go full steam ahead they made one of the best and boldest messages you’ve ever seen in reply.
It is sometimes astonishing to witness those men and women that dedicate their lives to fair and equal treatment, regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation. And as the result of more rumors that an NFL player may come out soon it has called attention to those LGBT allies that support equal rights. Many of them current and former athletes are speaking out calling for their perspective leagues to be welcoming and supporting. Here’s more:
“We want to let this NFL player — or any closeted gay player — know that you have backup. Your community, whether it is your teammates or your fan base is here to support you,” said Hudson Taylor, founder and executive director of Athlete Ally, in a statement. Athlete Ally is a 11,000-member group that works to end homophobia in sports.
NFL linebacker Scott Fujita, who is an Athlete Ally ambassador and most recently played with the Cleveland Browns, added, “The last thing we want to do is pressure someone into coming out or send a message that coming out is in some way better or more courageous than not. Everyone is different and has his or her own way of living life. At the same time, encouraging fans to stand up for inclusion in sports is fundamental to Athlete Ally’s mission and inextricably bound to moments like this.”
“This isn’t about one player, it’s about all of us,” said Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who is chairman of the Athlete Ally Advisory Board, in a statement. “It’s about being a good teammate and a loyal fan. It’s about respect and everything the NFL stands for.”
How soon will we see an openly gay man/woman in professional sports? Could it happen this year? Anything is possible. But lets not kid ourselves. National sports leagues are known for their overt homophobia that only in the past few years is publicly reprimanded. That’s what makes allies like this so important because it shows that these men and women can and should be who they are.
Blunt, sarcastic, with a little bit of funny, Broadway and tv actress Kristin Chenoweth talked about how she feels that we haven’t made enough progress in LGBT equality (and we could not agree more with that sentiment). Here’s more:
Beloved long-time LGBT ally Kristin Chenoweth does not let her Christianity get in the way of her unwavering support for marriage equality.
In an interview with Gay Star News, the Tony and Emmy award-winning star, who’scurrently on tour in the U.K., said: “…I just want it [gay marriage] to hurry up and not be an issue anymore! I’m very proud of the work that has been done so far, I want us to hurry it up a bit more. I think it’s important to say this because a lot of people think if you’re religious or you have any sort of faith, you’re automatically against equality in marriage.”
Chenoweth, who was honored with GLAAD’s Vanguard Award in 2011 and was raised in the southern Baptist church, , went on to call marriage equality the “biggest equal rights issue” in the U.S. and that Christians who oppose same-sex marriage are “very anti-Christian.”
“It is the antithesis of what I believe. It is the antithesis of what you should believe if you believe in Jesus. It’s not what he taught, it’s the opposite of what he taught,” Chenoweth said. “If Jesus was to walk the Earth today, or Buddha or anybody, they would be horrified. Those people saying they’re doing it in the name of God? No no no no no.”
I love how Chenoweth is openly speaking out how bigotry is the exact opposite of what many faiths, including Christianity, were founded on. Take a note GLAAD, this woman is what a real ally that you should be praising more looks like. Not some guy that made a few videos.