Mama Dragons

Marching Mama Dragons: Standing up and Speaking Up

Marching Mama Dragons: Standing up and Speaking Up

By Vicki Wimmer Johnson Long before Mama Dragons began marching in the Gay Pride celebrations of today, mothers of LGBTQ+ children have been standing up for and speaking out for their children’s rights. I can’t imagine the courage Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG organization, had as she walked with her gay son Morty over 40 years ago in New York City following the Stonewall […]

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PFLAG: Uniting LGBTQ people with Families, Friends, and Allies

PFLAG: Uniting LGBTQ people with Families, Friends, and Allies

By Merrie McLean Smithson I am a mother of a 29 year old son who came out to my husband and me on Christmas Day 2011. I didn’t know where to turn—Mama Dragons hadn’t been invented yet! Fortunately, I found PFLAG. The support, education, and advocacy training I’ve received from this organization have been invaluable! PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. It […]

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When Religion Creates Dragons

When Religion Creates Dragons

(Title used with permission from Lori Burkman) By Wendy Montgomery My son, Jordan, came out to us in January 2012. The past four years have been both heart wrenching and soul expanding; painful and beautiful. The pain we experienced did not come from having a gay son. It came from being a member of a church that had no place for him. It would not […]

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Mama Dragons Help Open the first Residential Support Temporary Homeless Youth Shelter in Utah

Mama Dragons Help Open the first Residential Support Temporary Homeless Youth Shelter in Utah

By: Kristen Mitchell, Youth Futures, Executive Director I first heard about the Mama Dragons while I was volunteering with OUTreach Resource Centers and running an LGBTQ Hotline called The Pride Empathy Line. I heard they were a fearless group of LDS women and that they were breathing fire and advocating for their beautiful gay children. My experience as an ex-Mormon had been less than positive […]

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