It’s time for the holidaysThanksgiving is over and many of us are getting ready for the holidays. Some are preparing for Christmas, some for Chanukah, some for Kwanza and some for the winter solstice. For many of us it’s a time of excitement and joy and even presents!

I can’t help but think of the dread some people have as they approach the holidays. I remember a time when I had no money and couldn’t buy my kids presents. I did not look forward to the holidays that year. It was a hard time but it did pass. Today, I’m looking forward to visiting friends and family in California to celebrate Chanukah and Christmas.

Many of the moms of LGBTQ kids I know don’t have supportive families. Their parents and siblings don’t accept their LGBTQ child. Many of them have lost their church families and haven’t replaced them. They love having the holidays with their children and partners but miss the large extended family and friends.

Far too many LGBTQ people don’t have the support of their own parents and siblings. They may feel pretty alone at this time of year. Even those who have in-laws and chosen family often miss their childhood families at this time of year.

The worst is the young people who have been kicked out of their homes. Far too many of them are homeless, living on the streets. All they want is a family who will love them for who they are.

These are the people I think about at this time of year. I’m reminded how much I have to be grateful for and how far my life has come. And I think about those who are hurting and send them hugs and love and hope that somehow, someway, they can feel that there are people in the world who care.

It’s time for the holidays! While you get ready and celebrate, remember those who don’t have what you do and say a little prayer for them.

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