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GET UPDATES FROM Patrick Wallace Heartwarming Messages of Love from Parents, Family and Friends of LGBT People (PHOTOS)

Posted: 01/05/2012 12:37 am

In searching for a way to give back to the LGBTQ community, Michael Volpatt and I created, a grassroots movement that gives everyone -- parents, family, and friends -- the opportunity to express unconditional love for the LGBTQ people in their lives. 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. 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, Michael sent an email to his mom telling her about Rosey's situation and asking if she'd let Rosey call her. Michael's mom replied with the email we posted on (see the first slide below), explaining what she would say if Rosey were to call.

Michael originally posted the note on Facebook, and I called him immediately after I read it one morning before work. 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 was born. hopes that the unconditional love shared on the site will help instill the confidence needed for LGBTQ people to live positive and productive lives. We also hope the stories featured on will offer a glimmer of hope for those in the LGBTQ community who feel that their parents, family, and friends may not accept them for who they are. 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.

Below we share 10 notes and photos from the site. You can read more notes, view videos, and check out photo messages written by parents, family, and friends at You can also find on Facebook.

A Note To Michael Volpatt From His Mom, Sharon Volpatt
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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 judgemental, prejudice, 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.



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