You may remember seeking a viral Facebook post last year from Sara Cunningham, an Oklahoma City mom who offers “free mom hugs” at pride events and volunteers to attend queer weddings for those whose parents refuse.
Now, Jamie Lee Curtis, the legendary actor who has long supported LGBTQ rights, has acquired the rights to Sara Cunningham’s story, with plans for a possible movie. After Cunningham’s post went viral, Curtis apparently sent her a direct message on Facebook about the story. Cunningham thought it was a joke at first. “I said, ‘Of course, I’ll call you right after I pray that I’m not getting catfished,’” Cunningham told NBC News.
Following the Facebook message, Curtis and Cunningham met in September of this year and talked about the potential deal to buy the rights to Cunningham’s book How We Sleep at Night: A Mother’s Memoir, which Cunningham self-published in 2014. The book tells the story of Cunningham’s struggle to accept her son after he came out as gay, and how she became an advocate for LGBTQ rights.
Curtis loved the book and apparently wanted Cunningham’s story and her message of unconditional support to reach a wider audience. “She shared it with her people, and they loved it, and they want to tell the story, and I believe the reason why is that at one time when I wrote the book, I thought I was the only mom in Oklahoma with a gay kid,” Cunningham told NBC News.
Curtis’s team confirmed to The Advocate there are plans to write a script based on the book, but no more details have been decided upon yet. In the meantime, Cunningham is busy with her nonprofit, Free Mom Hugs, which provides support for LGBTQ Oklahomans. Cunningham is also now an ordained minister who marries same-sex and opposite-sex couples.