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Exploring the “Mama Bears” and Their Work in Empowering the Lives of Parents of LGBTQIA+ Children and the Community

How this group of mothers is championing their LGBTQIA+ kids and fighting for their rights.



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First, we talk with Daresha Kyi, the Director & Producer of the documentary Mama Bears, who discusses the film and its exploration of a group of moms, or "Mama Bears", who are fighting for the rights of their LGBTQIA+ children. The documentary follows two mothers from conservative Christian backgrounds who reconcile their faith with their children's identity, learn to love them unconditionally, and advocate for their rights and wellbeing. It also follows a young lesbian who struggles with her own self-acceptance and illustrates why the support of the Mama Bears is so important.

Then, we're joined by Liz Dyer, the founder of Mama Bears who shares her personal story, from initially having trouble understanding when her son came out, to fully supporting her son, and eventually creating a private Facebook group for mothers of LGBTQIA+ kids to share resources and offer support.

We're also joined by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Tyson Reuter who discusses the importance of family acceptance on a child's mental health, what to tell families who are having a difficult time understanding when their child comes out, and how coming out is not a one-time thing.

Mama Bears the documentary is set to air on PBS's Independent Lens on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 9:00 p.m. CT. It will also be available to stream on the PBS app.



Daresha Kyi

Liz Dyer

Dr. Tyson Reuter

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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