Scott Dittman, 44, went to the Pittsburgh Pride Parade and wore a tank top with the words "Free Dad Hugs" emblazon on it. Little did he know that it had a huge impact on people attending the event:
"I turned around and she’s just standing there in front of me with tears in her eyes," said Dittman.
"She just threw her arms around me and just thanked me over and over and over again," he said.
The second big moment was the man on the left. He told Dittman he was abandoned by his parents when he came out at 19.
"He just sobbed and sobbed and thanked us," said Dittman. "He just melted. It was an honor to be involved in that, but it was terrible at the same time." [...]
"You could tell they hadn’t had something as simple as a hug from their dad in a long time," he said. "That broke my heart."
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Image: Scott Dittman