Everyone needs hugs. Hugs are essential for our health, growth, and overall wellbeing.
Luckily, there were good people at Austin’s Pride parade who were offering free hugs to lift the spirits of the young people.
Everyone needs support in their life and these people offered LGBTQ youth the love and the support they never received from their families. This is a common occurrence when members of the LGBTQ community find themselves disregarded and rejected by their closest friends and family members.
Every person deserves understanding, love, and support. Everyone needs to have role models who will have their back. Fortunately, these people have in some way become the father or mother figures that these young people never had.
Jen Hatmaker, an author, blogger, and a speaker, spoke about the difference that her “mom hugs” made at the Austin Pride Parade. She posted a photo on Instagram and a story from the event on August 12, and people showed her massive support.
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My beloved little church went downtown to the #AustinPrideParade and gave out Free Mom Hugs, Free Dad Hugs, Free Grana Hugs, and Free Pastor Hugs like it was our paying jobs. And when I say hugs, I mean THE KIND A MAMA GIVES HER BELOVED KID. . Our arms were never empty. We “happy hugged” a ton of folks, but dozens of times, I’d spot someone in the parade look our way, squint at our shirts and posters, and RACE into our arms. These were the dear hearts who said: . “I miss this.” “My mom doesn’t love me anymore.” “My Dad hasn’t spoken to me in three years.” “Please just one more hug.” . You can only imagine what “Pastor Hugs” did to folks. 😭 So we told them over and over that they were impossibly loved and needed and precious. And we hugged until our arms fell off. This is what we are doing here, what we are here for. . The last pic is what you look like at the end of Pride covered in glitter, sweat, and more than a few tears. . Thanks to Sara Cunningham and the @freemomhugs tribe for the wonderful inspiration.
She says that she hugged many people and most of them opened up to her and told her how good she made them feel. Some of them told her that they missed being hugged from their parents and that they didn’t even speak to them in years. Then they would go on and hug her some more.
She was telling them that they are loved and valued and that’s what these young people longed to hear.
This moment was very emotional, and Jen said that she left the event feeling incredibly happy and her heart was filled with love.
This wonderful example of supportive parenting is a perfect example of the form of inclusivity and acceptance that the LGBTQ movement desires to achieve. These parents show how by doing small acts of kindness we can help each other and we can help bring people together. Because you never know how something as small as a hug can often mean the world to someone.
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