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COLAGE Net News * November 15th, 2006  meredith fenton
 Nov 15, 2006 15:57 PST 

November 15th, 2006

In this issue of COLAGE Net News:

COLAGE Updates & Announcements:
1. COLAGE Presentations Impact Awareness and Change
2. COLAGE Radio Tour
3. COLAGE Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors

COLAGE Events:
4. COLAGE Boston Teen Gathering
5. COLAGE Seattle Event
6. 11th Annual COLAGE Bay Area Bowl-a-thon

Action Alerts and News:
7. Black LGBT Media Training: How to Talk about Family, Faith and
Marriage ATLANTA
8. Post-Election Study on Same-Sex Marriage Rights
9. Equality Florida Press Conference and Training
10. NEWS: Birth Certificate to Say Baby Has 2 Moms

COLAGE Updates & Announcements:
1. COLAGE Presentations Impact Awareness and Change

COLAGE has been successfully using our youth-produced film, In My Shoes:
Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents in connection to workshop
presentations at national events across the country.

On November 9th, COLAGE Program Coordinator Ember Cook presented In My
Shoes with strategies for making change in schools at the National
Association of Multicultural Education Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
Teachers, administrators and parents involved in education from around
the country participated in the session- the first time the NAME
Conference has addressed the needs of students with LGBT parents. After
the workshop, participants spoke about the dire need for COLAGE’s
presence and visibility tools in schools across the country to create
safer school environments.

On November 9th, COLAGE Board of Directors member Kate Kuvalanka
screened the film and hosted a panel of youth and adults with LGBT
parents at the National Council on Family Relations Conference in
Minneapolis, MN. At the end of the panel, attendees were asked to give
one word that summed up their experience. Just a few of the answers
included: "inspiring," "impressed," "hope," "a gift," and "wow."

On November 11th, COLAGE Executive Director use the film to engage LGBT
activists about making youth-led change in their communities at the
Creating Change Conference in Kansas City,MO. Over 40 participants
attended this session to view the movie and discuss the experiences of
youth and adults with LGBT parents and their contributions to the larger
LGBT movement.

Upcoming workshops centered on the film and raising awareness about
youth with LGBT Parents will take place at the Finding Better Ways
Conference of the Child Welfare League of America in Nashville, TN and
at the California Teachers Association Equity and Human Rights
Conference in San Jose, CA.

To learn how to bring COLAGE or In My Shoes to a conference or event
near you, contact Meredith Fenton, COLAGE Program Director at
415-861-5437 or mere-@colage.org. To learn more about the film visit

2. COLAGE Radio Tour

COLAGE Youth Speak Out on Acceptance, Home Life and Being Raised in an
Everyday American Family

Following a national trend of growing support for ending the exclusion
of same-sex couples and their kids from marriage, Freedom to Marry and
COLAGE are sponsoring a nation-wide radio tour of children, teens and
young adults, with LGBT parents, who wish to speak out in support of
winning and defending equal marriage rights. Our six radio tour members
are articulate voices representing diverse backgrounds and families who
can highlight the actual blessings and challenges that young people with
LGBT parents experience.

To date members of the Radio Tour have spoken out during interviews on:
WMNF-FM in Tampa
WOJB-FM in Duluth, MN
KNON-FM, a national affiliate of the Pacific Stations
WBNW-AM, The Frankie Boyer Show heard in Boston and on the Lifestyle
Talk Radio Network
WFNY-FM in the greater NYC area
WBAI-FM in NY, NJ and CT
WXCE-AM in MN and WI

“I think it is amazing thing that we are able to educate audiences
nationwide via radio about families like ours, and children like us, and
why we deserve and need basic equal rights,” shared Marina Gatto, member
of the COLAGE Radio Tour. “It is important for me to be a voice for
those who do not have one, and for children who are not able to speak
out about the injustices they and their families face because of
discriminatory laws. Through conversations with various radio
personalities I am seeing a common trend of curiosity growing into
acceptance, and a general agreement that love is what makes a family,
and no child deserves to grow up knowing that they and their parents are
second class citizens. I truly feel we are gaining tremendous ground
through this project.”

Upcoming interviews include:

Monday, November 27th at 7:30 AM
KCMN-AM, #1 Adult Contemporary in the Colorado Springs Area

Wednesday, November 29th At 7 am
WTBQ-AM News/Talk in Albany, NY

And to be announced interviews on The Bev Smith Show on the American
Urban Radio Network, WYSO-FM in Dayton, OH and the Mimi Rosenberg show
on WBAI-FM in NYC.

For more information or to schedule a member of the radio tour on your
local radio outlet, contact Meredith Fenton, COLAGE Program Director at
415-861-5437 or mere-@colage.org.


3. COLAGE Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors

COLAGE is thrilled to welcome 6 new amazing people with one or more LGBT
parent/s to the national Board of Directors. This diverse group of
COLAGE leaders bring unique experiences, skills and talents to the
Board. Please join us in welcoming:

Christy Hubert
Christy Hubert lives in Chicago, IL and is the 25 year old daughter of a
gay/transgendered father and his gay/transgendered partner who both live
in her hometown of Austin, Texas-- a place she misses very much
sometimes. She also has a straight Mother who lives in New York. She's a
senior at Loyola University Chicago with big plans to graduate before
the age of 30. She pays the rent by moonlighting as a Nanny. In her free
time she watches too much TV, reads, eats pie, and complains about
Chicago weather.

Dakota Fine
Dakota hails from the brave city of San Francisco, although he now finds
himself living in Washington DC where he is doing a fellowship with the
Family Department of the Human Rights campaign. He is 24 years old and
has been on staff at Ptown Family Week for three summers. Dakota is also
an aspiring photographer and recently grew a mustache as a fundraiser

Heliana Ramirez
Raised in a large Catholic, Mexican-Irish-Czech family, Heliana grew up
with 2 gay dads, 1 straight mom, 3 brothers, 4 grandparents and 33
aunts, uncles and cousins. A mixed race, Queer Chicana Feminista,
Heliana is a social worker by profession, activist by necessity and
Spoken Word artist by inspiration. Blessed with 15 years of social
justice work as a counselor, health educator and community organizer,
Heliana has worked with LGBT communities across race, class, age and
gender identity. Heliana is currently employed as a Health Science
Research Specialist for the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Menlo Park, CA
and is particularly interested in culturally relevant harm reduction in
terms of disease, overdose and violence prevention.

Kelly Densmore
Kelly has worked with COLAGE in a variety of capacities including summer
internships, as our temporary administrative assistant, a coordinator of
COLAGE San Jose and a member of our Family Week staffs. Most recently
she was the Interim COLAGE Bay Area Program Coordinator and will
continue to volunteer with COLAGE Bay Area as a facilitator of the East
Bay Middle School Group. Originally from Northern California, Kelly is
the daughter of a lesbian mom and a straight dad who graduated last year
from the University of Santa Cruz.

Keott Gomez-Starnes
Keott is a senior in high school from Silver Spring, MD where he lives
with his two fathers and younger brother. An active athlete and member
of his church, Keott has been a participant in COLAGE programs at Family
Week in Provincetown, MA for many years.

Tobi Hill-Meyer


4. COLAGE Boston Teen Gathering
Do you have one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender
parent? (ages 11 and up)
Would you like to meet other teens from LGBT families and enjoy a movie,
food and fun?
Then dont miss this great COLAGE Boston Event! Caroline, one of the
COLAGE Boston Teens, and her moms are hosting a screening of In My Shoes
on November 17th. Join us for the screening, a light dinner and snacks
and some time to hang out together. In My Shoes was developed by the
COLAGE Youth Leadership in Action Program (YLAP), for more information
about the film, visit the www.colage.org/inmyshoes.
We'll be gathering at Caroline's house, at 79 Waban Park in Newton,
02458 on Friday the 17th at 6:30 pm. Please plan to be picked up by your
folks or get a ride home by 9:30 pm. Anyone eleven and older is welcome
to join us! Call Monica at 617.913.1557 or Elizabeth at 617.750.5043 is
you have any questions.
Suggested donation is $10 per person to cover the cost of pizza and
You can also email bos-@colage.org for more information.

5. COLAGE Seattle Event

Do you have one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender
Want to meet other folks who understand what its like to have LGBT

Be a part of the newly re-activated COLAGE Seattle group- community &
fun for youth and adults with LGBT parents. The group is being restarted
by Jonathan and Rebecca, two adults who have LGBt parents. Come and
share your ideas for the group and meet other Seattle-area COLAGE youth
and adults!

Starting on December 8th, COLAGE Seattle plans to meet on the second
Friday of every month at 7 PM
All ages welcome.
location: Faire Cafe & Gallery, 1351 E. Olive Way, just off I-5, between
Capital Hill and Downtown Seattle.
For more information contact- Rebecca Landa 206-363-0880 OR

6. 11th Annual COLAGE Bay Area Bowl-a-Thon

Join us for the11th Annual Bowl-A-Thon!
Sunday December 3, 2006
Yerba Buena Bowling Center

Join COLAGErs, our friends and supporters for bowling, food, prizes,
fundraising and lots of fun! The 2006 Bowl-A-Thon is one of the best
ways YOU can help COLAGE engage, connect, and empower people to make the
world a better place for children of LGBT families!

To become a Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser, collect pledges from friends and
family of $5, $10, $25 $50 or even $100! We ask that Bowl-A-Thon
participants aim to raise at least $50, but you can always participate
by making a donation at the door! To learn how to collect pledges online

Yerba Buena Bowling Center is located at:
750 Folsom St. btwn 3rd and 4th
visit www.skatebowl.com for more directions

For more information about the Bowl-a-thon or any COLAGE Bay Area
events, contact Ember Cook, COLAGE Bay Area Program Coordinator,
emb-@colage.org or 415-861-5437 x103.

Action Alerts and News

7. Black LGBT Media Training: How to Talk about Family, Faith and
Marriage ATLANTA

Saturday, November 18, 2006; 11am-1:30pm
GLAAD (www.glaad.org) is partnering with the National Black Justice
Coalition (www.nbjc.org) to teach individuals how to tell their own
stories and personal truths through the media. This primer will teach
media terminology, protocols and interview techniques. All trainings are
FREE and open to the general public.

AIDS Survival Project
139 Ralph McGill Blvd. Suite 201
Atlanta, GA 30308


8. Post-Election Study on Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Seeking Family Members of Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual or Same-Sex
Identified Individuals for Study on Marriage Rights

Enter a Drawing for $25.00!

Researchers from PRISMresearch.org at the University of Memphis and
University of Kentucky are looking for Family Members of gay, lesbian,
bisexual (GLB), same-gender loving, and same-sex partnered persons for a
new online 15 minute survey about experiences related to the debate over
the recognition of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples.

This is a study of the attitudes and experiences of Family Members of
gay, lesbian, bisexual, same-gender loving, and same-sex partnered
persons regarding the debate over recognition of civil marriage for
same-sex couples. This research is being conducted by Sharon Horne,
Ph.D., at the University of Memphis, and Ellen D.B. Riggle, Ph.D., and
Sharon Scales Rostosky, Ph.D., at the University of Kentucky. The
purpose of this study is to document attitudes and experiences at
several points in time in all states.

If you are a family member of a GLB, same-gender loving, or same-sex
partnered individual, are 18 or older, and a U.S. citizen or living in
the U.S., please consider participating. The survey will take you
approximately 15 minutes to complete.

To participate in the survey, please click on this link


The deadline to complete the survey in order to enter a drawing for
$25.00 gift certificates is November 30, 2006.

If you would like more information about the survey or the researchers
involved, please go to www.prismresearch.org or email:

Please forward this announcement appropriately. Thank you for your


9. Equality Florida Press Conference and Training
Next Saturday, Nov. 18th, is National Adoption Day. What better way to
celebrate than to join Equality Florida and the Coalition for Fair
Adoption in St. Petersburg for our National Adoption Day Press
Conference, followed by a half-day training session on becoming a
spokesperson for fair adoption in Florida?
Equality Florida is joining forces with Family Pride and GLAAD to bring
you this comprehensive training program. By the end of the day, you will
have the tools and know-how to help in the fight to repeal Florida's
infamous adoption ban.
This training is open to anyone who cares about creating fair adoption
policies in our state. It is designed to help people effectively tell
their stories, especially those who have been harmed by unfair adoption
laws: foster parents, foster children, second parents, grandparents,

Please RSVP TODAY so that we can plan accordingly. Help spread the word
to anyone you think would be interested in helping create more stable,
loving families in our state.
For more information, please contact David Costa dav-@eqfl.org or call

Date/ Times:
Nov 18th, 2006
1pm-1:30pm- National Adoption Day Press Conference
1:30-5pm Speak OUT Training for LGBTA families

3150 5th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(Equality Florida HQ/King of Peace MCC Church)

12:45pm Brief introduction for families and allies as we gather to show
support for fair adoption.
1pm-1:30pm Best Interest of Each Child - National Adoption Day Press

1:30pm-5pm Spokesperson Training
10. NEWS: Birth Certificate to Say Baby Has 2 Moms
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) - Two women will be listed as parents on the
birth certificate of a baby born this week in New Jersey, one of the
first implications of a state Supreme Court ruling that gives same-sex
couples access to the same rights as married couples.
The state and the women agreed in a closed family court proceeding
Monday, the day before the child was born, that both women should be
listed in light of the landmark high court ruling. A judge agreed with
the state and the women, lawyers said.
In New Jersey, birth certificates are typically mailed to parents.
Assistant Attorney General Patrick DeAlmeida said the women are the
first he knows of to take advantage of new rights granted by the Oct. 25
The Burlington County women, who are registered as domestic partners,
did not want their names made public, their attorney Stephen Hyland
Under state law, the husband of a woman who gives birth through
artificial insemination is listed on the birth certificate as the
father. No such provision is made for lesbian couples, who often go
through lengthy and costly adoptions to give both women equal rights as
Parental rights are especially important to children because they
establish inheritance rights and custody should a parent die. Listing
both parents on a birth certificate also allows the child to be covered
by the health insurance of either parent.
The state Supreme Court ruling said the state must extend all the rights
of marriage to gay couples and gave lawmakers six months to work out the
details - including whether the unions should be called "marriages."

Thank you for subscribing to COLAGE NetNews!

COLAGE thrives on the involvement and support of all its members and
funders. We acknowledge the generous support of the Gill Foundation,
Haas Jr Fund, Open Society Institute, San Francisco Foundation, San
Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Families, American and all
our members and donors.

COLAGE engages, connects, and supports people to make the world a better
place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents.
Ensure COLAGE's future with your membership
contribution today. Join COLAGE at: http://www.colage.org/join.html. You
may be able to make your gift go farther if your employer has a matching
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