Free Mom Hugs Caravan Spreads Some LGBT Love in WeHo for Valentine’s Day

Free Mom Hugs - Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

A Free Mom Hugs caravan of ten cars drove up and down Santa Monica Boulevard through West Hollywood’s Boystown / LGBT Rainbow District on Sunday, February 14, 2021 to spread some virtual love and support for the LGBTQ+ community during Valentines Day.

Parents who love their LGBT children decorated their vehicles with colorful hearts, streamers, balloons and they waived transgender and rainbow flags as they drove past crowds of people eating on the sidewalks of local restaurants. They honked their horns, blew bubbles and distributed Free Mom Hugs stickers and rainbow colored masks to people they passed.

Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

“Embracing. Loving. Empowering,” read one banner.

“Love is 2 beautiful 2 be hidden in the closet” read another sign on the side of a vehicle.

The response they received was positive. Outdoor diners responded with cheers and waves when they noticed the decorated vehicles. Oncoming traffic joined in the honking to acknowledge their efforts.

The caravan was seen heading west towards Beverly Hills and they circled back to drive on Santa Monica Boulevard, heading east.

Free Mom Hugs – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Free Mom Hugs is a registered non-profit organization made up of parents and allies who love the LGBTQ+ community unconditionally and are working toward full affirmation and equality for all. The organization is dedicated to educating families, church and civic leaders and encourage them to not only affirm the value of the LGBTQ+ community, but also celebrate them.

The Free Mom Hugs movement began with Sara Cunningham who became an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community through her relationship with her gay son. She founded  Free Mom Hugs in 2014 and since that time many parents and allies across the country joined the movement to accept, love and support the LGBTQIA community.

Free Mom Hugs became an established 501(c)(3) non profit organization in 2018 to fight for human rights for all.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at
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Jimmy Palmieri
Jimmy Palmieri
1 year ago

just beautiful.

1 year ago

I love this so much!!! Thank you FREE MOM HUGS!!!

1 year ago
Reply to  Cristi

You’re welcome, Cristi. I am the SoCal Chapter Lead for FMH. Thank you for lovely comment.