Why Are Your Kids Your Pride & Joy?

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 | 0 comments

Why are your kids your Pride & Joy? 

That’s the question we will be asking as part of a new fundraising campaign with The Trevor Project, to be launched in the next couple of months.

Stemming from the 2 horrific stories last week of an 8yo boy who was tortured and murdered by his mother for playing with dolls and a 17yo trans boy who committed suicide, we want to promote pride in ALL of our kids, whether they fall into the LGBTQ spectrum or not.

I’m excited to be working with Liz Dyer, owner of the “Serendipitydodah for Moms” Facebook support group for moms of LGBTQ kids on this project. Trans-Parenting.com and the Serendipitydodah group are partnering to develop this campaign and fundraiser.

We will ask parents to fill in a sign that says why their child is their pride and joy, take a photo with it and their child, then share the pic across social media. Parents will also be able to post the photos, videos, or a longer story on the campaign website … and of course we will ask everyone to take the next step and donate to The Trevor Project.

NO ONE has to identify their kids as straight, gay, or trans and can simply post as allies. People can donate without sharing pics or videos. The pics and videos will be a fun activity for those who want to post them. (Don’t forget, we are all kids, so adults can get photos with their parents!) Our hope is that the pics and videos that are shared will create a sort of viral activity so we can reach more people.

The campaign will have 3 basic goals:

  1. Call attention to the fact that LGBTQ+ people – particularly youth – are still being bullied, marginalized and abused, but that all kids have great qualities that should make their parents proud.
  2. Donate money to The Trevor Project as they are the leading national organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
  3. Spread the word about our efforts at Trans-Parenting.com and the “Serendipitydodah for Moms” Facebook support group to more parents looking for support and resources. We want to offer helpful resources for support and education.

And, of course, a dream is to find a celebrity (or a lot of them) to help support and promote the campaign. ( Ellen and her mom? Lady Gaga with her mom? Ricky Martin and his sons?) If you have a connection please let me know so we can try to arrange support of the campaign in advance!

Stay tuned! As soon as we have all the details ironed out and have an announcement or press release ready we will share it with all of you.

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