But in these strange times, hugs and even handshakes are temporarily not allowed—which means it's more important than ever to find other ways to support the LGBTQ community. It could be the perfect time to join in a virtual pride celebration online, check out the official Free Mom hugs website, or donate to one of the many worthy non-profit dedicated to supporting LGBTQ people, like The Trevor Project or PFLAG.
As disappointing as it is that the pandemic is putting a bit of a damper on Pride celebrations this year, rest assured, the mom hug will be definitely be back someday. And if there's an LGBTQ person in your life that could really use a hug right now (and who could blame them), we've got some tips on doing it safely: wear masks, turn your faces away, and keep it quick. It might not be as satisfying as an uninhibited embrace, but it could mean the world to someone in need.
. @HRC @TrevorProject @ACLU @PFLAG Keep an eye out for Mama Bears giving out "Free Mom Hugs" at pride this year.… https://t.co/AiwmXq3MV5— Liz Dyer (she/her) ❤️ (@lizdyer) 1497464413.0