Moms Offer Free Hugs at Pride Parade for Kids Whose Parents Rejected Them

In the LGBTQ community, there are many, many kids who are rejected by their families and friends when they decide to voice their identities. It can be extremely difficult for some kids, teens, and even adults to gain acceptance by their parents, their churches, etc. -- and some unfortunately never do. Luckily, there are some amazing moms and dads out there who are willing to offer a loving hug just when these kids need it most.

Author, blogger, and speaker Jen Hatmaker recently took to Instagram to share just how much of an impact "mom hugs" made at the Austin Pride Parade.

On August 12, Jen shared on Instagram that her church recently went to the Austin Pride parade for an important reason. "[We] gave out Free Mom Hugs, Free Dad Hugs, Free Grana Hugs, and Free Pastor Hugs like it was our paying jobs," she wrote. "And when I say hugs, I mean THE KIND A MAMA GIVES HER BELOVED KID."  

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