Kelli is part of our incredibly talented Georgia chapter. Kelli and the other leaders have truly put their heart and soul into growing our Georgia chapter into one of our many shining stars. Thank you Kelli for all you put into Free Mom Hugs!
Tell us about your journey and how you came to a place of support for the LGBTQIA+ community.
I can relate to the feeling of not being understood. Early in my life, I discovered that I was pansexual. I had a relationship with another woman for several years. My mother, while being accepting of my female partner, also told me she believed I was just going through a phase. It's important to me that everyone, no matter who they are, feels included and normal.
If you have an LGBTQIA+ child, your “reason”, tell us about them, him, or her.
I consider all LGBTQIA+ children my kids, even the grown up ones.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your “reason” for getting involved in advocacy work?
I was tired of the hate filled voices which seemed like they were louder than my own. FMH seemed like the perfect place to share my momma love.
What makes you proud to be their mama?
The smiles on their faces! To know I made people feel loved and worthy even for a brief moment in their day warms my heart.
When did you first hear about Free Mom Hugs and what motivated you to get involved as a volunteer for the organization?
It was a Facebook post showing this fabulous lady (Sara) standing on a corner wearing that famous t-shirt and hugging someone. The look of love and happiness on their faces just warmed my heart. I expressed to my best friend how I wanted to do that at PRIDE and that was all she wrote!
What excites you most about being involved with FMH?
Being able to do something worthwhile, something that actually makes a difference.
What brings you the most fear?
Not making enough of a difference or not getting enough support.
What brings you the most joy?
HUGGING!!! Getting to be my momma self to those who really need it.
Tell us about some of the exciting things the chapter in your state is working on.
We are really focused on setting up for PRIDE this year. We're also looking for ways to make the FMH organization well known in our areas.
Is there anything else we need to know about you and what makes you, you?
I have unique talent for knowing the lyrics to practically every song written. You could start singing a song and the odds are, I would be able to chime right in.
The Georgia team is working just like Sara, like their hair is on fire, and they need your help. They would like to reach their fundraising goal to continue supporting their community. Please consider a donation to the Georgia chapter.