When her son came out as gay, Sara Cunningham did not react well. Upon educating herself and seeking out resources, however, she turned a corner that eventually led her to attend her first Pride parade with her son in 2014. That day ultimately marked the rebirth of their family and inspired Sara to offer "free mom hugs" the following year. Her simple act of love and acceptance turned into a viral sensation, which she transformed into a new chapter as an activist. Today, she teaches parents to accept their queer kids and provides a supportive light to LGBTQIA+ people everywhere through her organization Free Mom Hugs.