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Holidays can be a rough time for me because I am bisexual and my family doesn’t accept this. Going home from college is always nice because I love my family and want to see them, but it always hurts me when views about LGBTQ+ people are brought up or they make homophobic remarks. I am wondering if anyone would be willing to write me a note of encouragement during this time, something to just give me some perspective. I love the holidays and my family, but I could just need some extra love in this time.


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  • Carrie Ward
    Claire - While it may take time to realize this and i know it often hurts to come to terms with this, you need to know and hear this loud and clear -- "family" is just a word. Family is who you make it. Family is whoever loves and accepts you as you are into their homes and hearts - it doesn't have to be who you were born to. Family could be your friends, or teachers, or just people in your community...or now, as you have seen, the kind people on here writing notes to you...because now WE are your family, too. Family is who you make it...never forget that in this world there are ALWAYS people that love you just the way you are...you just have to go out there and find them. Just laugh at them right back whenever anyone says anything because you will change the world one day with your love and compassion and they will not. Happy holidays.
  • Ellie Dote
    Claire -

    I completely understand and hear you. I've been on the journey of coming out as a transgender lesbian woman over this last year, after spending a good majority of my life working in conservative Christian ministry. Even now, navigating church and meaningful connection is hard, especially when I'm looking to find encouragement and prayer. If it helps at all, there is a community here that loves you and supports you and knows how difficult it can be. Let me know if you'd like to chat or connect. [email protected]

    Ellie Dote
  • Krissy Mulpeter
    Hi Claire-

    I am bisexual too. I understand what it can be like to experience other people's hurtful, homophobic, or biphobic comments. Sometimes these comments really sting, and we start to question ourselves. The truth is, you are enough. i would love to write you a note of encouragement and extra love. Thank you for being so brave and for saying what you need to get through it. Please email [email protected] with your address if you'd like a letter.

    All the best,

    Krissy
  • Julia Santini
    Claire,
    I’d love to send you a letter of encouragement. What is your address? Good luck next week during your Thanksgiving break. Remember you are beautiful just as you are and you are worthy of unconditional love and support.
    Julia
  • Erin D
    Hi Claire,

    I'm interested in sending you some letters over the holiday season. If you're still interested, please share your address with me.

    What I like to remind people of (myself included), no matter what you're experiences (typically regarding hurt feelings)...."hold your heart out for the world to love." EMD

    -Erin
  • Jammie Hahn
    I am the mother of a gay son and I would absolutely LOVE to send you some support! In fact, I belong to an online group of moms of LGBTQ children who call,ourselves “Mama Bears”because we fiercely support them. And I’m a member of PFLAG. You are perfect just the way you are, dear one.
  • Jammie Hahn
    I am the mother of a gay son and I would absolutely LOVE to send you some support! In fact, I belong to an online group of moms of LGBTQ children who call,ourselves “Mama Bears”because we fiercely support them. And I’m a member of PFLAG. You are perfect just the way you are, dear one.
  • Patti
    Claire,

    I too struggle with wanting to be close and spend time with family and feeling like I’m never completely accepted for who I am and having to deal with others being judge mental and narrow minded. I’ve learned to not apologize for who I am or what I think and not to feel like I have to hide it. But trying to be respectful and stay true to myself can be a confusing balance and honestly I still long for their approval and unconditional acceptance. I think I’ve had to face the truth of what is and accceot it for what it is and try to make the best of what I have while realizing it will probably never be what I want it to be. Also finding people who do accept you and love you and understand and with whom you feel free and good is important. They can be your family too.
  • Heather
    I am a straight single mama with lotsa love for the LGBTQ+ community. I would be honored to pour some of my mama love your way this holiday season. Feel free to email your address to me [email protected]
  • Heather
    I am a straight single mama with lotsa love for the LGBTQ+ community. I would be honored to pour some of my mama love your way this holiday season. Feel free to email your address to me [email protected]
  • Chris (female)
    I would love to offer you support. I am pan/bi/ahateroflabels, realizing it later in life than you, but still coming to grips. I’m also a mom. So I’ll send you some mom love for being exactly who you are and having the strength to say it out loud. Your mother loves you no matter what, and if it is expressed differently know that it is probably fear, for you, because her generation would not have accepted that, and she doesn’t want your life to be difficult. Some day she’ll realize that you are loved, admired, and respected. That you can have a family and career and anything else you want. Even moreso, she will admire the woman you have made yourself into, stronger because you insisted on not hiding. Love love love to you.
  • Anne
    Hi Claire- hang in there! You're wonderful just the way you are and I'm sorry your family isn't more accepting. Sending love and support to get you through the holidays and beyond!
  • Tammie
    Hi Claire, it would be my privilege to send you some mom love!
  • Allison
    Hi Claire! I am a straight woman married to a bisexual man. He's 44 and nervous to come out to his friends and family, and I support that choice. While family is important, family isn't everything. You are perfect just the way you are. Sending you an emailing, would love to send you cards.
  • Madison
    Hi Claire - I am a bisexual woman who has now been married to lesbian for one month today! I would love to talk to you... just dropped you an email. All the love and support..
  • Ann
    Sending you Mom Hugs . Would love to send you a letter or card
  • Amy Brewer
    Hi Claire,

    I would love to send a letter.

    Amy
  • Kevin Carr O'Leary
    SO happy to lift you up. Emailing you now.
  • Rachel
    Claire,
    Keep your head up. You are perfect just the way you are. Sending an e-mail with love and support your way.
  • Cindy R
    Thanks for reaching out, brave Claire! I am LGBT+, so I sure know how tough that can be when you're among people who are judgemental or just don't understand. I'd love to write you and am emailing for your address.
  • Katherine
    I am happy to do this!
  • Melanie
    You. Are. Loved. Here’s my email, send me your address: [email protected]
  • Leah
    We are your extended family now and we love and support you unconditionally. I have a trans son and would love to be part of your team of supporters. Emailing you soon!
  • Jamie
    Welcome to the family. You've got this. We've got you. Email to follow. XO
  • Tracy LaPorte
    We need all the beautiful people that make up our community - emailing you now.
    Tracy
  • Sarah
    I would love to help you. Please post your address or your e-mail and I would be more than happy to send you cards and words of encouragement. It's incredible that you still go "home" to this place where they make you feel so unwelcome. That is a huge strength in itself. You are beautiful and perfect just as you are.
  • Sarah
    I would love to help you. Please post your address or your e-mail and I would be more than happy to send you cards and words of encouragement. It's incredible that you still go "home" to this place where they make you feel so unwelcome. That is a huge strength in itself. You are beautiful and perfect just as you are.
  • Jess
    Sending an email for your address now!
  • Jenn
    Love Warrior,
    my child is 12. They came out as non binary in Jan and your wish is mine. Though we have support in the home, we feel your hurt, acknowledge your hurt and admire your strength. May we send something that my child drew that you could tuck away in times of pain? They are LGBTQ and an amazing artist doing much art for equality. They are pan sexual and make me a better mom. I can send you a picture. I would like to do something for you as well, but I am not sure how we connect so : [email protected] (hope that's authorized). Please reach out to me

    We got this! You are beautiful, you are worthy, you are love, you are you, and you will overcome. Change is a coming even if it is just love warriors and my 12 yo. I love you, I accept you and your sexuality does not define you nor should you be ashamed of who you are xooxo
  • Lauren Kalmukos
    Claire, I would love to send you some encouragement for the holidays! Please email me! [email protected]

    You are perfect just the way you are!
  • Robyn
    Yes of course!!! I’m
    Already praying for your comfort and would love to write to you!!! Hold on tight... you are not alone.
  • Robyn
    Yes of course!!! I’m
    Already praying for your comfort and would love to write to you!!! Hold on tight... you are not alone.
  • Mary
    We would love to send you notes. Emailing you!
  • Rae
    I would love to send you a holiday card and some art from my own queer kiddo. Please email me at raeannpeil at gmail dot com.
  • Sarah
    Hi Claire,

    I'm an LGBT woman who came out in college (grew up catholic and married a mormon woman). It was a ROUGH transition and would be happy to talk anytime. I'll email you now :) Also I don't know what part of California you are in - but your LGBT family is all over this state (myself included!) XO
  • Seri
    I would love to send you a note! My email is [email protected]
  • Heather
    I would love to send you a letter, you are brave, strong, beautiful and perfect just as you are. [email protected]
  • Nikki Dertouzos
    I would love to send you some love and encouragement this holiday season. Please email me. [email protected]
  • Nikki Dertouzos
    I would love to send you some love and encouragement this holiday season. Please email me. [email protected]
  • Roseanne
    Hello Claire
    My son is also LGBTQ and I am happy to send you a letter to let you know how much you are loved and appreciated every day. I am so sorry your family is not accepting of you, please know you are worthy of love. Their inability to accept you is not a reflection of you. Sending you an email and much love from Canada.
  • stephanie santos-grant
    hi claire :) my name is stephanie & i would love to send you a bit of encouragement & holiday cheer this season - my email address is [email protected] xo
  • Beth M.
    Emailing you!
  • Kristi
    Hi Claire! I am so sorry you’re family doesn’t accept you. I am LGBT+ too and would love to send extra love to you. Please email me at mountford.kristi at gmail.com. ❤️
  • Susan W
    Hello sweet Claire. Please email me at [email protected]
  • Dana
    I am a mom to a college age LGBT daughter. I would love to support you.
  • Lisa B.
    I'm more than happy to send you some love! Please email me at chosen175 at aol dot com.
  • Kim
    Claire, I’ve got you! :) Sent you an email.