If you follow PFLAG National on Facebook and Twitter, than #ANTMKTuesday probably looks familiar to you. If not, you probably know this great project better as A Note to My Kid (ANTMK). Every Tuesday over at anotetomykid.com, we share a note, a photo, or a video from a parent, family member, friend, or ally expressing their unconditional love to one or more of the LGBTQ people in their lives. These posts are also shared through our social media channels, including Facebook, and Twitter. Through these expressions of love, PFLAG maintains an online space where all LGBTQ people can find love, support, and affirmation.
Even before PFLAG took ANTMK under wing, we were proud to partner to make this supportive online space accessible to as many people as possible. Patrick Wallace, Mike Curry, and Michael Volpatt founded ANTMK in 2011, and Wallace, the executive director, reached out to PFLAG shortly after due to both organizations’ similar missions. After sharing ANTMK with our network of 200,000+ members and supporters for two and a half years, we adopted ANTMK as an official PFLAG project in May 2014, and founders Wallace, Curry, and Volpatt made a generous $10,000 donation to support it and create a 2014 scholarship. We have now cared for this cherished child for almost a year, and it is now an important part of the PFLAG family.
This project is sustained by stories from many different sources, but especially PFLAGers like you. We’ve shared an incredible wealth of stories, including pieces from PFLAG Kansas City President Debi Jackson and an amazing Chinese New Year short film from PFLAG China stressing the importance of family acceptance to LGBTQ people.
Your story could be next. The love PFLAGers have for the LGBTQ people in their lives is truly inspiring. It’s the force on which our organization has built its foundation since that fateful day in 1972 when Jeanne Manford proudly displayed a public sign of her unconditional love for her son. Why not share this love with the world? Submitting to ANTMK has far-reaching effects beyond showcasing your love for the fantastic LGBTQ people in your life.
Though there are more than 400 PFLAG chapters nationwide, we cannot geographically reach everyone who needs our support. Our online projects and social media help us fill these gaps, and A Note to My Kid provides a unique opportunity for PFLAGers to truly personalize that support. By submitting content, you will not only show your unconditional love to your LGBTQ loved ones, but pass it along to others who need it as well.