My mom, Mary Lovell, is one of the planet’s best people. She has been my biggest supporter from the day I came out to her, 20 years ago. And she has made my husband of 17 years a bonifide member of my family from day one. This year, mom took to the streets in Maryland, handing out fliers and talking to people about marriage equality. She also got on the phones for the democrats. I can’t thank her enough for providing me with a loving and life-affirming upbringing. She has expanded her love to reach out to the larger family of LGBT people. She makes the world a better place. Thanks Mom!—Shaw

My mom, Mary Lovell, is one of the planet’s best people. She has been my biggest supporter from the day I came out to her, 20 years ago. And she has made my husband of 17 years a bonifide member of my family from day one. This year, mom took to the streets in Maryland, handing out fliers and talking to people about marriage equality. She also got on the phones for the democrats. I can’t thank her enough for providing me with a loving and life-affirming upbringing. She has expanded her love to reach out to the larger family of LGBT people. She makes the world a better place. Thanks Mom!—Shaw