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One Week Left to Nominate Your Candidate for HRC’s “Mother of the Year” Campaign

HRC's Mother of the YearThe nominations are rolling in for HRC’s “Mother of the Year” campaign, and we’re enjoying reading the stories about all of the strong, supportive and inspirational moms out there!

We’ve read about ally moms who supported their LGBT children through their coming out journeys, joined community groups to advocate for equality, and spoke out against hatred and bigotry that they’ve encountered. We’ve read about LGBT moms who stay at home to raise their wonderful children so that their partners can pursue their careers, and others who are out and proud despite living in very conservative parts of the country. Some of our nominees have worked multiple jobs to provide for their families, even as they battled through cancer and other hardships.

Do you know a mom who is deserving of this award? To participate, visit the campaign site at You must submit a photo of the nominee and write a brief story (maximum 500 characters) telling us why the LGBT community should know about this outstanding parent. And of course, if you have two moms, please feel free to nominate both, either separately or together.

A panel of judges that includes HRC President Joe Solmonese and HRC Foundation Family Project Director Ellen Kahn will choose one winner and two runners-up. In addition to the distinction of being named “HRC’s Mother of the Year,” the winner will be featured in Equality magazine, on HRC’s website and on the Back Story blog. Runners-up will have their names printed in Equality magazine and on the Back Story blog.

Nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 4. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 6.

For more information, visit

Got a dad you want to nominate? Don’t worry! Stay tuned for HRC’s “Father of the Year” Campaign in June!

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