Hugging for pride: a mom's journey to acceptance

Hugging for pride: a mom's journey to acceptance

By Neil Thornton + Jack Ratcliffe

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! We’re celebrating the rainbow with a Pride special and we couldn’t be more excited. Why? Because we are joined by a very, very special guest. Sara Cunningham is the founder of Free Mom Hugs, and incredible nonprofit organisation she started after a deeply personal journey of acceptance she experienced when her son, Parker, came out as gay. 

From the church to the pride parade, Sara talks us though the tumultuous time she had and how she went from a place of prejudice to being the fiercest momma bear advocate for LGBTQ+ young people. She recounts the stories of other parents as well as young people she has met along the way. She also shares her top tips for what makes a good hug. It’s one not to be missed. 

In our quick-fire news round, it’s a pride fest as Neil runs down as many good good things happening to the LGBTQ+ community right now. Which one will Jack pick? Listen and find out!

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About your hosts


A computational artist currently undertaking a PhD in virtual reality, Jack is motivated by the positive impact technology can have on our day to day lives both operationally and emotionally. Outside of PhDs and podcasting, Jack is a proud dad to three turtles and an ever-growing number of house plants.  Find Jack at @jacktionman on Instagram and Twitter


A digital content editor by day, Neil is also a men’s lifestyle blogger at where he covers a range of topics from travel and style to health and mental well-being. You’ll never find him too far from a coffee.   Find Neil at @Whatneildid  on Instagram and Twitter 

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