WATCH: 40 Holiday Moms Lend Support And Love To LGBTQ Children Everywhere

The holidays can be a depressing time if you’re queer, particularly if your parents haven’t been completely accepting of your gender or sexual identity. Recognizing that everyone can use a mom this time of year, Your Holiday Mom offers warm, supportive, loving messages from 40 of them:

This season, supportive moms have gathered to send a holiday message to all LGBTQ children, teens and young adults who are without family support and who would like a “stand-in Holiday Mom”–or 40! Knowing that not every mother is ready to accept her own LGBTQ child exactly as-is (as hard as this is for us to imagine), we moms have written to extend our love beyond that of our own family.

We are not celebrity moms. We are everyday moms from average, everyday homes. Many, but not all, have LGBTQ  children of our own (hence, some moms use full names and photos, and some do not). Many, but not all, are straight. Some are single moms with little or no extended family, others are married with several children with large extended families. In other words, even the moms here represent diversity. The vast majority of us came together because we heard about the project, and have never met the founder or each other. The common bond we share is that we are so full of love and pride for our own children–LGBTQ and straight–we wanted to extend ourselves beyond our own families and do something more.

Shit like this really makes our Grinched out hearts double in size. Happy holigays, kids!