Mama Dragons is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that supports, educates, and empowers mothers of LGBTQ children. Since 2013, it has grown from just a handful of moms to an organization that now supports over 7,000 mothers. Mama Dragons' focus is on providing safe online spaces and educational programs where mothers can learn and connect with other Mama Dragons traveling similar paths as they learn accepting and affirming parenting practices that can help prevent LGBTQ youth suicide, depression, and homelessness.
MISSON - We support, educate, and empower mothers of LGBTQ children.
VISION - We envision a world in which all mothers fiercely love, affirm, and advocate for their LGBTQ children.
Mama Dragons is unique as it was not created by an individual founder and is not founder-led. It has always been about the greater Mama Dragons voice and our shared story.
Mama Dragons organically began in 2013 when Gina Crivello sought advice from some of the mothers she had come to know for a member of the GSA she had recently started at American Fork High School in Utah. This message thread almost immediately began to grow as more mothers were added that were navigating supporting their LGBTQ children and the intersectionality of their non-affirming LDS religion. In 2014 Gina suggested moving the Facebook message thread to a Facebook group as conversations were becoming difficult to track.
The name “Mama Dragons” came from a 2012 blog post that Meg Abhau wrote shortly after her 13-year-old son came out as gay. Members of this group adopted the name "Mama Dragons” following Meg Abhau's words “I have always been a mother bear. Once I found out about Jon, that didn’t seem a fierce enough title. There is a whole new level of protection that has come over me. I now call myself a Mama Dragon. I could literally breathe fire if someone hurt my son."
In 2018 Mama Dragons became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of mothers from all backgrounds with one common purpose – to support, educate, and empower one another in raising happy and healthy LGBTQ kids. While our roots are in Mormonism, our membership has grown to include a diverse population of mothers, regardless of their faith traditions, from all over the United States and beyond. While there is great understanding about the disconnect many feel concerning the intersection of faith and having an LGBTQ child, our intersectionality goes beyond faiths to include among many, our cultural and geographic differences.
The name “Mama Dragons” came from a 2012 blog post Meg Abhau wrote shortly after her 13 year-old son came out as gay.
“I have always been a mother bear. Once I found out about Jon, that didn’t seem a fierce enough title. There is a whole new level of protection that has come over me. I now call myself a Mama Dragon. I could literally breathe fire if someone hurt my son. Dragons have talons, scales, claws, fangs and they can fly. I will use all of these resources if someone were to hurt Jon. So, we are circling our wagons around him, but I know we can’t protect him from everything. And as a Mama Dragon, that is the hardest part of this. I don’t know what the future holds. I just know that there will be love.”
Where a mother is, love fiercely follows.
We support, educate,
and empower mothers of LGBTQ children
A world where all mothers fiercely love and advocate for their LGBTQ children.