All Out's "Equality Moms" is a network of dozens of mothers of lesbian, gay bi and trans people who we've brought together from all over Brazil.
These moms shows us the power of human compassion and remind us through their own journey that the most important family value is unconditional love.
These moms will be taking over Rio de Janeiro starting May 3rd until May 29th: The city will host an outdoor exhibition in plazas across the city. And for this occasion, the Moms have created a massive "Equality Tree", which will be covered in leaves that represent gays, lesbians, bisexual and trans people, their families and friends across Brazil.
And you can help the Equality Moms to make flourish the Equality Tree, by adding your name and message to it - we'll translate it to portuguese and put it onto the tree leaves.
After the exhibit, we will deliver our tree - and its powerful message - directly to President Dilma, and ask her to finally speak out for all our families.
I remember when he was 14, my son came to me and, very nervously, told me he was gay. We hugged each other, and I told him that I already knew this, and that the most important thing is that he's happy.
We all have the obligation as citizens to respect the diversity of our society. This fight is about respecting life. Today, homophobia kills. The murder of my son, Alexandre, shows that.
My greatest joy with the process of my son coming out to me was that it made me a better person. If I didn't have a gay son I still might be prejudiced as I was before. But I'm a better person now, it makes me happy.
As a mother worried about the rising tide of homofobia in our country, it really alarms me when religious leaders and politicians go to their pulpits or their microphones to share their "knowledge" about homosexuality, based on personal beliefs and opinions, instigating the society against people whose only "sin" or "crime" is to love their equal.
It doesn't matter to me if the lips being kissed are those of a man or a woman. I want my daughters to have healthy relationships, with affectionate, caring, sincere people. Above all, I want them to be happy.
I'm always happy to be able to speak about my children, who I love so much. Two are straight, and the youngest is gay. I have such immense pride in him. He has so much determination and strength.
She's flourished with enough freedom and courage to look at herself with honesty and love, revealing that she's a lesbian.
I will always protect him. I believe that is why God has blessed us so much.
My son has always been bullied in school, in the street and in church. Society opens spaces for gays but at the same time there is huge prejudice.
I have swapped denial for understanding, and today I say: I am proud.
When I found out that my son was gay, it was the beginning of the family and not the end.
My son was murdered because he was gay. I know. His murderers told the police that they couldn't stand homosexuals.
I'm only worried about my sons' homosexuality because of these homophobic attacks.
A special thanks to our wonderful photographers in Brasília (Alexandra Martins), Curitiba (Rodrigo Wypych), Recife (Elvio luiz dos Santos), Rio de Janeiro (Poliane Gomes), São Paulo (Alícia Peres) and Alagoas (Larissa Fontes).