637: The Mama Dragons and the Mama Dragon Story Project

13221169_956825632829_2928891029997176398_oThe Mama Dragons group consists of almost 1,000 Mormon, post-Mormon, and now never-Mormon women who are dedicated to:

  1. Loving their LGBT children.
  2. Preventing LGBT youth suicide.
  3. Supporting parents of LGBT children to better love and support their children.
  4. Rescuing rejected LGBT children from homelessness and abuse.
  5. Attending funerals of deceased LGBT youth in support of the surviving families.

The Mama Dragon Story Project collects portraits and autobiographical essays from mothers with LGBT children.

This episode was recorded on May 18th, 2016 in Salt Lake City at Club/Cafe at 50 West.  Participants include Kimberly Anderson, Deb Glenn, Brooke Caldwell, Jody Hansen England, Wendy Williams Montgomery, and Julie Packer.

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9 comments for “637: The Mama Dragons and the Mama Dragon Story Project

  1. Suzie Hohsfield
    May 28, 2016 at 9:57 am

    This was so well done. I’m proud to be listed amongst this group of women. You all were great. I cried through all of it, even though I know you all and have heard your stories. We have such a powerful message to bring to the world. Go Kimberly! I love you. Thank you John.

  2. Janice
    May 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    A powerful example of the charity of the human heart in joining hands with other women in trust and compassion. And congratulations to this wonderful organization that appears to have evolved out of shear love for their children and providing a place of safe harbor and a voice to those who have none in a hostile and confusing environment. Beautiful!

  3. Andrew Jolley
    May 30, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you Mama Dragons and John for that amazing event/podcast! I was deeply touched by your stories and sincerely thank each one of you for the tremendous work you are doing. You are literally saving lives. I look forward to your book(s). Keep breathing that fire!!!!

  4. Rose
    May 30, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    That is how I want to live my religion. I want to have the kind of love that these women have demonstrated.

  5. Lisa Angel
    June 2, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Go Mama’s! This is a great episode! The support of experience is such a beautiful thing!!!!!!! I do have a comment/ question and it pertains to many aspects of mormondom. If this is the one true church, which is led by Jesus the Christ, then why when Joseph Smith restored the gospel were future issues not addressed? Why was the church not set up for everyone like women, people of color, lgbt+, you know the whole human race, and don’t tell me it wasn’t popular or whatever back then. I don’t think God c ares what is popular. I think God deals in truth and most importantly LOVE! I guess I don’t understand why people want to stay in a church that needs to change when again if this is the one true church they should have got it right to begin with! Why support that, not only physically but with your 10% every month as well. I did for a long time myself so no judgement just trying to understand.

  6. beth
    June 4, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    l agree, keep going forward with this wonderful work and the good you are doing will be sure to make a difference, well done all of you and keep these panels coming Jon, l do think that gods truth shines through each individual trying there best to make a difference in the lives of each human being and that it is not the church or any organisation that will make this difference it is each one of us, who really care about our fellow being and keep loving everyone, giving out unconditional love and the truth will prevail in the end, love and kindness wins over all, thank you all for a wonderful panel and to you Jon,

  7. A daughter
    June 7, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    A very powerful podcast – thanks to all who participated.

    I was horrified to learn that LGBTQ youth in Utah have nowhere to turn for the basics if they are shunned by their families. It is unfathomable to me that people would discard their children if they conform to their ideal. I am in awe of the work the Mamas are doing to step in with support and love. You an example of Christ-like charity that is so badly needed in this world.

    As the daughter of a gay man who came out over 35 years ago, I have heard from him how difficult it was to break away from the expectations of his family. I wish that there had been support for him then. His father’s disapproval (and distaste) and his mother’s disappointment still hurts. Thank you for helping so many through this difficult transition.

  8. Amy
    June 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    What an amazing group of people coming together to better humanity. You all had me in tears. Kimberly, I wonder if you would consider doing a similar project for rape/sexual assault survivors in the LDS church. Every survivor, his/her family, and his/her bishops should have a booklet of stories so that they can feel supported and know how best to help the survivor. Just a thought. I would throw some money towards this effort.

  9. Kenyata
    June 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    The video you posted on YouTube.. Mormons with gay children speak out. Saved my life. I don’t have a lot to say but thank you.

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