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Happy holidays, everyone! As the Mama Bears crew gears up for 2018 we want to drop a line to wish you all a joyous and blessed holiday season.

Diversity. Entitlement. Evidence-based. Fetus. Science-based. Transgender. Vulnerable. 

Banned words, much like banned books, need to be read. So we want to say them – and remember what they stand for – before we begin our news roundup.
*With the Alabama election behind us and a historic Democratic victory in the bag we’d like to shout out this incredible Papa Bear who stood up to Roy Moore – and for LGBTQ rights. Here’s an adorable clip of him on Ellen.

*This profile on Jen Hatmaker is a reminder of all that is gained – and the price it costs – when one stands up for what they believe is right. 
*As we mentioned in our last newsletter, Kimberly Shappley was up for FACE's "Activist of the Year" award and…drumroll please…she won! Check out this great photo of Kim and Kai on the red carpet, basking in their victory.
Kimberly isn’t the only mama bear winning awards these days…Sara Cunningham just won a pediatrics award from Oklahoma's OU hospital. The award is for SAHM's Regional Chapters and recognizes individuals that work tirelessly, diligently, and creatively to improve the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults. A big congrats to them both!
*It’s official – Mama Bears has entered the world of social media – we now have a Twitter page! Please like and share us! We’ll be using our social media to provide y’all with updates on our project as well as to share national news, organizations, and other fabulous projects to look into.

Here’s a link to our Twitter account! (These gorgeous graphics are courtesy of our friend and social media manager extraordinaire, Setra.)
Teaser: In 2018 we will have a fantastic partnership to share with you all!  More details to come but until then, a hint: it involves a dedicated mama bear in a small town in Texas. 

*Daresha has been all over the world since our last update – since November started she’s been to Sweden, El Salvador, Texas, and Florida, to name a few, promoting Chavela and working on Mama Bears. The new year will find her a bit more settled, back home in Atlanta, with a few days spent in New York working on the edit for a soon-to-be announced (and alluded to above) project.
*Some exciting news for Laura – she’s now the co-producer for Mama Bears! This is the third film Laura has collaborated on with Daresha and she is thrilled to be on the MB team.

In her spare time Laura has been plugging in the names of her favorite films into Rotten Apples – a truly fascinating response created in the wake of the numerous sexual assault allegations in the film industry. Aside from being an eye-opening project, it helps those who want to avoid watching a film associated with an alleged offender. 

As we mentioned in the last newsletter, if any mama bears have updates or news to share, please send us an email – we’ll be happy to include it in our next newsletter.
Below are updates from two of our friends – mama bears Susan Cottrell and Sara Cunningham.
Susan: My work through continues to expand and reach tens of thousands of traditional Christian parents of LGBTQI children. With my exposure on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, and Nightline, and being the speaker for The Advocate Magazine’s National Coming Out Day videos (for LGBTQ+ and for parents) along with the release of my upcoming book My Coffee with the Pastor: Building a Vision for Lavish Christlike Inclusion, doors are opening and hearts are reaching out for help. My voice, as a Mom, a woman, a pastor, and a former evangelical leader, is growing more unique and powerful every day. Our MamaBears – through my secret Facebook groups for Moms of LGBTQI children – give me so much support, encouragement, and inspiration on a daily basis. We are telling our stories, sharing our hearts – and changing the world! 
Sara: Fundraising has started for the FMHT (Free Mom Hugs Tour) '18. We've planned an event at a local bar and are taking donations to paint a rock with a red heart and a two letter state code to leave along the path of travel from OK to Laramie, WY. Laura Beth Taylor and I will kick off the tour at the next GCN (Gay Christian Network Conference) in Denver on January 18-21, 2018. Learn more through our Facebook page!
Wishing you all a safe and happy 2018 – we’ll be back in the new year with more updates!

 Daresha & Laura

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