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COLAGE Net News * November 29th, 2006  meredith fenton
 Nov 29, 2006 16:29 PST 

November 29th, 2006

In this issue of COLAGE Net News:

COLAGE Updates & Announcements:
1. COLAGE Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors
2. COLAGE Spring Internships
3. Join the COLAGE Speak Out Program

COLAGE Events:
4. COLAGE Los Angeles Bowling Bash
5. COLAGE Hudson Valley Cookie Party
6. COLAGE New Orleans December Event

Action Alerts and News
7. Queer Parenting Collection Seeks Contributions from COLAGErs\
8. NEWS: Gay donor-dads play new role in children's lives
9. Research Opportunity for Adopted COLAGErs

COLAGE Updates & Announcements:

1. 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.

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.

Tobi Hill-Meyer
Tobi grew up in Oregon with her lesbian moms and her younger brother.
She connected with COLAGE through online listserves and communities. She
does workshops and presentations on a wide issues such as gender
identity and trans inclusion, linguistics and sexual and gender
identity, and queerspawn issues. Ze is also a enthusiastic writer and an
sex-positivity activist.

Keott Gomez Starnes
Keott is a 17 year old senior in High School. He lives in Silver Spring,
MN with his 13 year old brother and 2 gay dads. He is active on the
football and wrestling teams at his school and enjoys spending time with
his friends.

Dakota Fine
Currently Dakota works for the Human Rights Campaign's department of
Public Education and Outreach. As an assistant to the Family Project,
Dakota focuses on healthcare, education and adoption issues as they
pertain to LGBT families. Seeking to establish strong voices of
leadership in the political heart of our nation, Dakota is a delegate to
the Emerging Progressives network as an experienced organizer working
for progressive political campaigns. Dakota maintains a
semi-professional photography business, shooting sports, politics,
activism and travel among other things, and manages a competitive soccer
team on which he plays. In his free time, Dakota enjoys learning to
play the guitar, cooking, dancing, and organizing as a political
activist. As someone who has been an active member of COLAGE for over
12 years, it is an honor, delight, and pleasure to serve as the
Fundraising Chair to COLAGE's board of directors.

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.


2. COLAGE Spring Internships

Want to make a different in the lives of people with LGBT parents?
Want to learn about working in a grass-roots, non-profit organization?
Come intern at COLAGE!

COLAGE engages, connects and empowers people to make the world a better
place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender parents
and families.

COLAGE Internship Program
We are looking for interns for Spring 2007 (Anytime between January and
May) to support our ongoing work to engage, connect and empower people
with LGBT parents. Internships are half-time (2o hours per week)
positions for a period of 20 weeks at a time, OR can be full-time for a
period of at least 10 weeks at a time and aim to promote development of
young leadership, allow participants a hands-on look at the non-profit
field, teach interns about LGBT families issues, and promise to be a lot
of fun!

COLAGE is the only national organization serving people with LGBT
parents, therefore presenting a unique perspective on LGBT issues, and
providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for interns. This is a
hands-on job: you won’t just be filing, you’ll get to use your
creativity and initiative. We are looking for team players who are
self-motivated and enjoy working hard. Interns will assist the staff on
current or new projects that fit their interests and skills. COLAGE is
in a small office staffed by a combination of full-time staff, part-time
staff, and a bunch of volunteers where energy, enthusiasm and competence
are abundant.

Preferred qualifications
•Computer literate (especially on PC’s), knowledge of Office 97/2000,
FileMaker Pro, HTML, and desktop publishing programs a plus.
• Experience and comfort with email and phone-based organizing and
• Experience and comfort working with youth and families
• Self-motivated, flexible, and full of initiative.
• People with LGBT parent/s.

Interns receive a $1,500-2000 (DOE) stipend for a twenty-week, half
time internship including some evenings and weekends. We will try to
help you find low-cost or free housing if you need it.
• Must make at least a twenty-week, half-time commitment. Or a ten plus,
full-time commitment.
• Must be 18 or over if not from the Bay Area, 15 or over from the Bay
• Must be LGBT-positive.
• People of color, people with disabilities, and people with LGBT
parents especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
Please mail, email, or fax us the following information:
1. Your resume;
2. A cover letter sharing your interest in working for COLAGE and
3. Contact information for two people who will serve as references and
can attest to your experience and skills.

Interviews will be conducted with select applicants in mid-December or
early January.

Need more info? Want to apply? COLAGE, 3543 18th St, #1 SF CA 94110   
phone: 415-861-5437    fax (415) 255-8345,      dire-@colage.org      


3. Join the COLAGE Speak OUT Program

In light of the recent elections when the grassroots organizing of folks
all over the country proved successful, and as we approach the time of
year where for many of us the celebration of family becomes even
greater, I am thinking even more then usual about the need for youth and
adults with LGBT parents to use their voices and their experiences to
impact change at community as well as national levels. If you agree,
then perhaps you want to join the COLAGE Speak Out Program.

Speak OUT is a network of youth and adults with LGBT parents from every
type of family, ethnic, geographic, religious and socio-economic
backgrounds who are committed to raising awareness and making change in
the world. When COLAGE learns of opportunities for youth and adults to
engage in public speaking, media activism, lobbying, and community
education, we turn to the members of Speak OUT.

In 2006, COLAGE Speak OUT Members have already:
* Participated in a national Radio Tour highlighting the voices of youth
and young adults with LGBT parents
* Appeared in newspaper, magazine, and online articles including The
Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Associated Press, Boston Sunday Globe,
CosmoGIRL, The Advocate, just to name a few.
* Gave interviews for local and regional radio and television stations.
* Testified in front of the Massachusetts Supreme Court about marriage
* Spoken at Town Hall Panels about youth with LGBT parents and marriage
equality in Maryland and New Jersey.
* Were featured in documentary movies and television shows such as
Queerspawn, All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise, and MTV’S True Life: I
Have Gay Parents.
* And much more!

We also have a brand new guide- Speak Up. Speak OUT! a brand new how-to
primer for youth and adults with LGBT parents who want to make the world
safer and more just for all families. This guide aims to reinforce as
well as grow your skills to engage in many types of advocacy work as a
person with LGBT parents. You can use it as a reference guide, as a
source of inspiration for new ways to do activism, or as a tool to
strengthen your skills. All new Speak OUT members will receive a copy!

Your voices and experiences are catalysts of change: by speaking about
your true lives, you change the hearts and minds of individuals and
communities who begin to recognize and validate our experiences and our

Think about joining COLAGE Speak OUT and commit to making a difference
in 2007! If you have ideas for advocacy projects in your community, or
if you would like any support, resources or anything else from COLAGE
definitely get in touch. Together we will continue to make the world a
better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender
parents and families. To check out the program, and fill out a Speak OUT
application (and officially join our network of COLAGErs activists) go
to--- http://colage.org/programs/youth/speakout.htm or for more
information contact Meredith Fenton, COLAGE Program Director at


4. COLAGE Los Angeles Bowling Bash

Friday, December 1, 7-8:30pm
PINZ Bowling Alley (12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 91604)

For youth with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender
parent/s. Lots of fun and community for COLAGErs from all over the Los
Angeles area.

We are asking that everyone bring $10 to cover the cost of bowling, but
no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information call Amanda: 323.860.7320 or email


5. COLAGE Hudson Valley Cookie Party

December 9th is coming up and our COLAGE event is taking on shape.
We will be hosting a cookie baking and trading holiday decorating
afternoon at Blegen House, 37 Collegeview Road in Poughkeepsie from
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Come join the baking fun--bring your favorite recipe and special
ingredients, we'll have the basics. Together we will share in the
making and baking, and yes, eating our treats. And to convey some
holiday spirit, come and elaborate on your decoration techniques--
make cards, holiday decorations or even gifts and have fun while
thinking of what this time of year brings while being with COLAGErs
and their families. We will have decorating supplies, and if you
desire, you may bring some of your own decorations and/or music to
share. But most certainly we look forward to your creative ideas and
your energetic thoughts!!

Look forward to seeing you there,

Directions to Blegen House:


From the Mid-Hudson Bridge, follow 44/55 East approximately 3.5
Make a right onto Raymond Avenue (Route 376).
At first light, make a left onto Collegview Avenue. You'll see a
Deli on the corner to the right and a Pizza Place on the corner on
the left.

Continue on to # 37 (Blegen House) on the left. It is a residential
yellow house with a screened/windowed porch. We'll have our COLAGE
banner displayed.


6. COLAGE New Orleans December Event

COLAGE New Orleans IN “December”
What: COLAGE New Orleans’ Holiday Event

When: Saturday, December 9th, 2006 @ 5:30 PM

Where: City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks; meeting in Storyland from
5:30pm to 6:00pm. Call Dale's cell 338-8040 if you cannot find us.
Join COLAGE New Orleans at its Holiday Event! The season is Merry,
whatever holiday you observe. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa
or any of the like…this event is for you and your family! Celebration in
the Oaks is the perfect place to meet with family and friends and enjoy
the lights and sights of this joyous time of year. Celebration in the
Oaks has something for everyone. Whether you like to look at the
gorgeous lights, sip hot chocolate, listen to choirs sing, walk thru a
magnificent garden---this event is for you. There’s lots more at the
event, too!

Visit http://www.celebrationintheoaks.com/ for more information —there’s
so much to do, it’s too much to list!! RSVP now and don’t miss this
magical night at City Park!

We are also starting new COLAGE New Orleans events specifically focused
on NOLA COLAGErs who are 9-15 years old. To learn more and get involved,
get in touch!

TO RSVP or for more information contact Dale Liuzza at
(504) 866-8615 or (504) 338-8040
COLAGE N.O. WEBSITE: http://groups.msn.com/COLAGENewOrleans

Action Alerts and News
7. Queer Parenting Collection Seeks Contributions

Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on


Publication Date: Fall, 2008
Editor: Rachel Epstein

We are excited to be seeking submissions for a new book on queer
parenting. We want the book to reflect current thinking, research,
debates, issues, experiences and concerns related to LGBTT2IQ (lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, 2-spirit, intersex and queer)
parenting/raising children. We welcome submissions from parents,
children, students, activists, scholars, artists and others interested
in this area.    

We are seeking:
• academic papers
• reports on community-based and other research
• personal stories and reflections that incorporate
social/historical/political context
• poetry
• art work

We hope the book can begin to reflect the enormous diversity that exists
across queer parenting experiences and raise interesting and possibly
provocative questions about the implications of queer-identified people
raising children. We particularly welcome submissions from those who
are marginalized within “queer” communities.

We want to move from the defensive position we have historically been
placed in (i.e. “proving” that our children are okay) to embrace the
broad complexity of issues that concern us and our children.   

Abstracts/Proposals (250-300 words) due: January 1, 2007

Acceptances will be made by: February 28, 2007

Accepted submissions due:     July 1, 2007

Please send inquiries and abstracts/proposals to: Rachel Epstein


8. NEWS: Gay donor-dads play new role in children's lives

As more gays and lesbians opt to become parents, some are choosing to
raise the children in co-parenting arrangements, in which the moms are
the primary caregivers but the dads play a major role, too. "They want
to have a relationship to children," sociologist Judith Stacey said of
these gay fathers.   

To read the full story visit:
free registration is required.


9. Research Opportunity for Adopted COLAGErs

Shova Smith, the adopted daughter of lesbian moms is conducting research
about the experience of youth and adults adopted by LGBT families, in
particular looking at transracial adoptions. Her project will create a
resource guide for youth and parents in families created by transracial
adoptions. Participation requires completing a written/email survey of
about 20 questions. If you are willing to be interviewed, please contact
Meredith Fenton, COLAGE Program Director at mere-@colage.org or
415-861-5437 to get more information.


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
program for charitable donations. If it's appropriate, ask about it at
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