In a day and age when growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is an increasingly volatile experience, our mothers mean more to us now than ever before.
Of course, our moms are -- and have always been -- special. "She has truly shown me unconditional love in that she supports me in everything I do," writes Charles Gardner. "She treats my fiancé as her own son, which makes us both grateful. I am a better man because of her love and guidance. I can never say "thank you" enough, so I’ll just settle for saying 'I love you' instead."
Adds Jahaira DeAlto: "My mother hadn't heard of the word 'transgender' until I revealed myself to her. Today she tells perfect strangers how proud she is of her daughter."
In honor of Mother's Day 2013, HuffPost Gay Voices asked its readers and bloggers to submit photos along with a short anecdote about their moms and mother figures. Take a look at some of the best submissions below:
There's still time to be featured! Send us a photo and a few lines about your mom or mother figure to GayVoices@huffingtonpost.com