Save the date! Free Mom Hugs is coming to Boulder County.
Sunday, May 5th, 4-6 PM
United Church of Christ Longmont
1500 9th Ave, Longmont, CO 80501
5:30-6: English Tea Service
Event will close with a performance from Resonance Women’s Chorus.
Free Mom Hugs is a group of affirming parents and allies who love their LGBTQ+ kids unconditionally and take hugs of love and acceptance to others. They also aid the LGBTQ community in other ways, like providing emergency assistance, help with legal name changes, support at gay weddings, and so much more.
We will have 2 members of the organization here, Sara Cunningham and Katrina Kalb. Read their bios below:
Sara Cunningham, author/activist and founder of the non-profit, Free Mom Hugs. Her journey began in conservative Oklahoma, when her son, Parker, came out as gay. As a woman of faith, she wrestled with the news, until she began to study, research, and reconcile the two worlds. She found herself on a journey “from the church to the Pride parade”, falling in love with the LGBTQ+ Community. In the wake of beautiful, glitter covered hugs, and heart-breaking, horror stories, the mission of Free Mom Hugs began. Now a movement across the country, and the world, Sara is going Beyond the Hug, to educate and advocate. Her passion is to change the narrative so that we as a society, not only learn to affirm the LGBTQ+ community, but celebrate them.
Katrina Kalb is a former youth pastor and chaplain, also a conversion therapy survivor. She understands the mindset of the conservative church in America. But is well aware of the dire need to change the thinking and narrative in the church as well. She brings to light the shame used against the LGBTQ community, disguised as hope and healing. And comes to the table with experience and humanity. Katrina believes in the power of conversation and a personal experience to change hearts and minds towards any marginalized persons. She currently is on the Board of Directors at Free Mom Hugs and is their Public Relations/Social Media point person.
This event brought to you by Out Boulder County, United Church of Christ Longmont, PFLAG Boulder County, Splash NoCo, Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, and Resonance Women’s Chorus.