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HRC taking "Mother of the Year" nominations through May 4

WASHINGTON -- In honor of Mother's Day on May 8, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is inviting its members and supporters to nominate candidates for a new “Mother of the Year” campaign.

The campaign aims to raise the visibility of amazing LGBT and ally moms.

HRC has put a call out for nominations of mom's deserving its "Mother of the Year" award.

To nominate a special mom, individuals should click here and submit a story, maximum of 500 words, explaining why the LGBT community should know about this outstanding parent.

"And of course, if you have two moms, please feel free to nominate both, either separately or together," the HRC said in a statement.

The submission should also include a photo of the candidate, their name, an email address and ZIP code.

A panel of judges that includes HRC President Joe Solmonese and HRC Foundation Family Project Director Ellen Kahn will choose one winner and two runners-up.

In addition to the distinction of being named “HRC’s Mother of the Year,” the winner will be featured in Equality magazine and on HRC's website and on the Back Story blog.

Those who wish to submit nominations should do so soon as they must be received by 5 pm EST on Wednesday, May 4.

HRC blogger Carolyn Simon said in a blog post that the nominations are rolling in.

"We’re enjoying reading the stories about all of the strong, supportive and inspirational moms out there," wrote Simon.

Winners will be announced on Friday, May 6.

Those who want to nominate their fathers for such an honor will also have the opportunity soon. HRC will run a "Father of the Year" campaign in June.