Hamm’s lesbian daughter, Kathryn, was getting married in 1999 when Gretchen discovered that she couldn’t find things like photo albums for same-sex couples, even at the local gay bookstore. In 2005, Kathryn took over the business, which is now affiliated with GayWeddings.com.
HRC’s six “Mothers of the Year” were selected from hundreds of nominees by a panel of judges that included Betty DeGeneres, Ellen’s mom. From HRC:
Gretchen Hamm, Dallas, TX, is the mother of a lesbian daughter. During the “difficult days” of her daughter’s adolescence, Gretchen gave her a large poster for her room that said, “Be Yourself.” Later, during her daughter’s commitment ceremony to her partner, Gretchen famously took her Platform of Love to a whole new level when she founded an online boutique for same sex couples planning their ceremonies. Gretchen is a long-time HRC volunteer.
Congrats, Gretchen, and Happy Mother’s Day! To read about the other Mothers of the Year, go here.