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posted Friday, January 6, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 01
Heartwarming messages of love from parents, family, and friends of LGBT people
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Heartwarming messages of love from parents, family, and friends of LGBT people

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In searching for a way to give back to the LGBT community, Patrick Wallace and Michael Volpatt created aNoteToMyKid.com, a grassroots movement that gives everyone - parents, family, and friends - the opportunity to express unconditional love for the LGBT people in their lives.

According to Wallace, the nonprofit's purpose is to remind people that there is a lot of love out there, to bring family and friends closer together, and to give parents and others who may not know how to broach the subject of sexuality an opportunity to learn from example.

'The site was inspired when Rosey, a close friend of Michael's, contacted him because her son was coming out of the closet and she wasn't sure how to best deal with it,' wrote Wallace in an op-ed published on the Huffington Post. 'She asked Michael if she could speak with his mother, Sharon, with the hope that she'd ultimately learn how to be there for her son during his coming out process.'

Always willing to lend a helping hand, Wallace said Volpatt sent an email to his mom telling her about Rosey's situation and asked if she'd let Rosey call her.

Volpatt's mom replied to the email:

If Rosey calls I will tell her this:

If her son has 1/16th the caring, loving, creative, and intelligent qualities that my son Michael has, she is one 'lucky' mom.

It has nothing to do with whether he is 'Gay' or 'straight,' but what kind of person he is, how he treats others, and how he feels about himself.

I feel great about telling others that you are Gay, and using it to explain the goodness that you put forth in life, and the strength you have shown while growing up in a world that can be judgmental, prejudiced, and mean to those 'THEY' perceive as different.

Everyone is different, and thank heavens for that!!! Everyone should be treated the same if they are good people. It's the goodness in people that makes them special.

So, I could go on and on down my memory lane of 'Life with Mikey' and show extreme happiness and pride that you are my son.

Love,

Mom

'Michael originally posted the note on Facebook, and I called him immediately after I read it one morning before work,' Wallace explained. 'I told him we've got to create a site where parents, family members, and friends can share these kinds of stories. The impact could be huge. He enthusiastically agreed, and shortly thereafter aNoteToMyKid.com was born.'

Wallace and Volpatt hope that the unconditional love shared on the site will help instill the confidence needed for LGBT people to live positive and productive lives.

'We also hope the stories featured on aNoteToMyKid.com will offer a glimmer of hope for those in the LGBT community who feel that their parents, family, and friends may not accept them for who they are,' concluded Wallace. 'The more than 60 notes and photo posts from all over the U.S. and as far away as the Czech Republic, Canada, England, and Scotland demonstrate how some family members initially found it difficult to accept their child's sexuality but in the end made the conscious decision to love their children unconditionally.'

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