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Tuesday May 16th, 2006  emb-@colage.org
 May 16, 2006 12:12 PDT 

COLAGE Bay Area Net News
Tuesday May 16th, 2006

In this edition of Bay Area Net News:

COLAGE Updates & Announcements:
2. Participate in the COLAGE Support Our Community Campaign

COLAGE Group Meeting and Events:
3. Transgender Picnic
4. Transgenerations & Transparent Panel
8. TRANNY MARCH and Transgenerations
10. COLAGE & Our Family Coalition Co-Sponsor Frameline Films
11. Be a part of the COLAGE Family Week Volunteer Staff Team!
12. The Felicia Park-Rogers Summer Internship Program at COLAGE
13. Do you have extra housing to share with a COLAGE Intern?

Community Bulletin Board and News:
14. Unchained Conference and Young Women's Heath Fair
15. 2006 Legal update for same sex couples and families
16. Fabulous summer job opportunities for high school aged youth

COLAGE Updates & Announcements


Please update your records, as COLAGE moved into a bigger and better
office space!
As of May 5th the COLAGE National Headquarters will be at:

1550 Bryant Street, Suite 830
San Francisco, CA 94103

Our email, phone and website addresses will remain the same.


2. Support Our Community! Become a campaigner, Strengthen COLAGE's

COLAGE has launched the 2nd Annual Support Our
Community Campaign. A dozen people have already stepped up to lead the
way as campaigners for this important fund drive, but we will need at
least 40 volunteers if we are to meet our goal of raising $10,000 to
support COLAGE. Last year the first Support Our Community Campaign
celebrated COLAGE's 15th anniversary. This year, our theme is "Strength

in Numbers." The campaign will run from Mothers' Day to Fathers' Day
(May 14th - June 18th, 2006).

Why is the theme Strength in Numbers?

There are between 8 and 14 million youth and adults with one or more
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender parents in the United States.

We live in every state and more than 95% of U.S. counties.

Yet, 39 states deny us any legal relationship to our parents. 5 states
prohibit our parents from adopting us. Only a small handful of states
protect us from harassment and discrimination in schools.

To combat these and many other injustices we and our families face,
COLAGE needs your help! In order to change the face of family and
family values, we need to Strengthen OUR Numbers.

We would like to invite you to become a campaigner for the 2nd Annual
Support Our Community Campaign. In order to reach our goal of raising
$10,000 to support COLAGE's work, we need 40 campaigners to raise $250
each. Will you be one of the forty leaders who help us reach our goal?

There are lots of ways you can reach your $250 goal! And of course, if
you want to set your goal higher, please do! Some of you may know two
people who can each give $125. But if not, maybe you know 16 people who

can give $15.

This year, COLAGE will once again have the ability to help you campaign
online. You can easily personalize a website, write a note about why
you support COLAGE (or how COLAGE has supported you) and plug in the
email addresses of everyone you want to ask. Click send and you're well

on the way to meeting your goal!

If you don't want to campaign online, no worries! COLAGE can send you
information and materials to help you campaign with a letter or over the


Interested in becoming a campaigner? Send an email to jca-@colage.org
and include your:

Preferred Email:
Preferred Phone:

As soon as we hear from you, we'll send a package to help you get
started on the campaign.

Thank you so much for your support and consideration, and thanks in
advance to all of this year's campaigners!

Have questions? Need more information? Call 415-861-5437 or email

COLAGE Group Meeting and Events:

3. Transgender Picnic
Sunday May 21st Dolores Park (18th and Dolores St)

COLAGE will be hanging out and playing games you should too.
Contact Ember at emb-@colage.org or at 415-861-5437 ext 103 for more

4. Transgenerations & Transparent Panel

COLAGE, Our Family Coalition & Transgender Law Center
Invite You to an Evening for Transgender Parents, Prospective Parents &
Their Families
May 23, 6-8pm SF LGBT Community Center 1800 Market St San Francisco


This is a one of a kind group for youth with one or more trans parent.
This fun night will consist of games and snacks and a art project about
our families. Come, hang out, and meet other youth who have families
like yours.

For more information or to RSVP contact Ember at emb-@colage.org or

Also on the same evening and time:

Talking With Your Children About Transition

Open forum discussion addressing questions and issues about how to talk
with your children about being transgender.

Listen and learn from other transgender parents about how they have
spoken to their children. Share your thoughts and experiences with
other parents.
Get new ideas about how to approach your children.
Ask questions about what concerns you.
Watch & discuss the short film "No Dumb Questions", a funny and touching
documentary about three sisters and their transgender aunt.   

Koen Baum, LMFT will be facilitating and guiding the evening with
important points to remember to help make talking with your children
about being transgender as smooth as possible. He will also be
answering questions and encouraging those who come to share their own
experiences. Forum open to both parents and prospective parents.

For more information, please contact Our Family Coalition at
415-981-1960. You can also visit our website at www.ourfamily.org

Koen Baum, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San
Francisco. He is a gender specialist and a trans man.   In addition, he
has expertise in couple’s therapy and is a communication expert. Koen
has worked with individuals, couples and families on a variety of issues
including transition and all its many aspects, BDSM and other
expressions of sexuality, and transition within a coupleship.   In
addition, Koen addresses concerns around problem solving, anger
management, spirituality, loss and self-esteem.   He has an in depth
awareness of ethnic and cultural diversity and when working with
clients, takes into consideration how -isms in its many forms may affect
each individual.   Koen Baum can be reached at 415-646-0565.


Sunday, June 4th 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Lyric at 127 Collingwood Street in San Francisco.

Party for all SF youth in grades 3 –12 who have one or more LGB and/or T
parents. Come for food and come for fun. We will be getting ready for
PRIDE and celebrating a year of awesome COLAGE activities.

For more information or to RSVP contact Ember at emb-@colage.org or at
415-861-5437 ext 103.


Sunday, June 11th 3:30-5:30pm
Location: Berkeley YMCA at 2001 Allston Way in Berkeley.

A pool party and arts and crafts meeting for youth in grades 3-12 with
LGBT parents. Make new friends with families likes yours, swim and play
games, enjoy snacks and get ready for Pride! Don't forget a swimsuit
and towel, and dry clothes for after we swim! Parents must come into the
building to drop their kids off and fill our paper work.

For more information or to RSVP contact Ember at emb-@colage.org or at
415-861-5437 ext 103.


Thursday, June 15 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Brava Theater at 2781 24th Street in San Francisco.

The members of the COLAGE Youth Leadership and Action Program (YLAP) are
thrilled to invite you to a special event celebrating the premiere of a
new play MYTHSMASHERS. Created by YLAP and Fringe Benefits, this play
will be used in middle schools to bust some common myths and stereotypes
about youth with LGB and/or T parents. An event for the entire family,
don’t miss out on the fun.

For more information or to RSVP contact Ember at emb-@colage.org or at
415-861-5437 ext 103.

8. TRANNY MARCH and Transgenerations

Friday, June 23
Location: Dolores Park at 18 and Dolores Street in San Francisco.

Come hang out and march with COLAGE Transgenerations at the Tranny
March. We will have fun activities in the park and be marching with our
friends and family.

For more information or to RSVP contact Ember at emb-@colage.org or at
415-861-5437 ext 103.


Sunday, June 25 10:30am – all day!

Join Our Family Coalition & COLAGE (Children of Lesbians & Gays
Everywhere) to march in the San Francisco Pride Parade! We may have a
bit of a wait, but once we do start to march it will all be over too
quickly. Bring snacks, water and other goodies to keep the kiddies
occupied. Visit www.ourfamily.org for updates.

OFC and COLAGE are especially proud to announce the “3rd Annual Family
Garden” Officially sponsored by Kaiser Permanente which will be located
at the south playground at the corner of Larkin and Grove streets. Last
year the playground was overflowing with families. The Family Garden
will feature art activities, face painting and a playground. Parents
can meet other LGBT parents, rest while the children play and receive
information about OFC and COLAGE at our booth that will be located in
the Family Garden.

Volunteers Needed!!! Contact Ember at 415-861-5437 ext 103 or
emb-@colage.org. Lets make this the best Pride ever!!!


10. COLAGE & Our Family Coalition Co-Sponsor Frameline Films

Sunday, June 18 10:30am
Free for ages 12 and under.
Castro Theatre at 429 Castro in San Francisco.
It’s a family affair at Frameline30’s special screening of a beloved
children’s classic. Come early for yummy snacks provided by Rainbow
Grocery and surprise giveaways while supplies last!

Sunday, June 18 1:15pm
Roxie Film Center at 3117 16th Street (at Valencia Street) in San
Mom’s Apple Pie is an essential herstory about lesbian custody battles
in the ’70s and the birth of the lesbian rights movement; in Queer
Spawn, kids from queer households attend the annual Family Week in

June 24 11am
Roxie Film Center at 3117 16th Street (at Valencia Street) in San

For more information contact Ember at emb-@colage.org or at
415-861-5437 ext 103.

11. Be a part of the COLAGE Family Week Volunteer Staff Team!

COLAGE is thrilled to once again be a part of Provincetown Family Week
coming to Ptown, MA in Summer 2006. (July 29th- August 5th, 2006).
During this week, hundreds of LGBT families take over a town for
parties, family events, workshops, dances, beach time, and more. We are
looking for adult COLAGErs (Folks 18 and over who have one or more
lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender parent/s) to serve as
volunteer COLAGE staff for this fun and inspiring event.

Staff are expected to arrive in Provincetown, MA on Friday, July 28th
for staff orientation and training and to stay through Saturday, August

The COLAGE Family Week Staff team works together to provide social,
educational, and community building activities for youth ages 9 and up.
COLAGE activities will be offered for three groups of youth with LGBT
parents: Camp COLAGE for 3rd-5th graders, COLAGE Crew for Middle School
youth, and the COLAGE High School Program.

Who can apply? To be a part of the COLAGE Family Week Staff you must be
at least 18 years old; we are especially are looking for people who have
one or more LGBT parent(s), people of color and men to join our staff.

What does it mean to be on the Family Week Staff?
If you commit to serve as volunteer staff it means that Family Week
becomes more of a job (albeit a fun and exciting job) than a vacation.
We also do ask that our staff commit to being present for the entire
week starting with staff training on July 28th. In addition to the week
of the event itself, Family Week Staff will help with workshop and
activity planning beginning in May 2006 via email and 1 or 2 phone
conference calls in the month and a half prior to Family Week.

In return, you have the chance to affect the lives of youth with LGBT
parents by sharing your experiences, your enthusiasm, and your energy
with an amazing group of youth. You also have the unique opportunity to
connect with other adults with LGBT parents who are a part of the team.
There will be time to enjoy the queer friendly vacation atmosphere of
Ptown. And lots more!

Room, Board and Travel: COLAGE Volunteer Staff are given the option of
communal COLAGE housing- this summer we are renting two community houses
for our staff who live together and share community meals (At no cost to
Staff). You may also choose to stay with your family or friends on your
own. Staff volunteers are responsible for their own travel arrangements
to and from Family Week but we are happy to assist with travel stipends,
flight vouchers, carpools, etc when possible. COLAGE covers the cost of
housing (if you stay in the COLAGE Staff house) and meals for staff
during Family Week.

To apply:
We are looking for a diverse staff of 20+ adult COLAGErs for this
amazing opportunity. If you are interested, please return the attached
Volunteer Interest Form to Meredith Fenton, COLAGE Program Director at
mere-@colage.org by March 31st, 2006.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Meredith at
415-861-5437, ext. 102 or Mere-@colage.org.

12. The Felicia Park-Rogers Summer Internship Program at COLAGE

Come work in the national headquarters of COLAGE this summer! COLAGE
engages, connects and empowers people to make the world a better place
for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT)
parents and families.

The Felicia Park-Rogers Internship Program

The COLAGE Summer Internship Program is named for our visionary former
director Felicia Park-Rogers who started the summer internship program
during her leadership of COLAGE. We honor her commitment to people with
LGBT parents, creativity, energy and years of leadership through 10-week
internships that 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
motivated to learn, share, play, and work hard in support of COLAGE's
mission. Interns will assist the staff on current or new projects, with
both local and national events, and with office management.

Preferred qualifications
·   Computer literate (especially on PC’s), knowledge of Office 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

Summer interns receive a modest stipend (DOE $1500-2500) for a ten-week,
full time internship including some evenings and weekends. We will help
you find low-cost or free housing when possible.
·   Must make at least a ten-week, full-time commitment during the
·   Must be 18 or over if not from the Bay Area, 15 or over from the Bay
·   Must be LGBT-positive

COLAGE is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer
·   People of color, people with disabilities, and people with LGBT
parents especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply for Summer Internships        
Deadline: Wednesday, May 24th
Please mail, email, or fax us the following information:
1. Your resume;
2. A cover letter sharing your interest in working for
COLAGE and qualifications;
3. Contact information for two people who will serve as references and
can attest to your experience and skills.

We ideally are looking for folks to work June 12th- August 18th in our
San Francisco office.

COLAGE also has fall/spring work-study internships; if you are
interested contact COLAGE for more information.

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


13. Do you have extra housing to share with a COLAGE Intern?

Here is an easy way to make a difference in the lives of children, youth
and adults with LGBT parents.
Each summer, COLAGE hosts 1-3 young adults through our internship
program who hugely impact our ability to continue our programming and
services. Interns receive only a modest stipend for full-time work for
10 weeks.

If you have an extra room, guest room, or other room to rent for free or
cheap to a COLAGE Intern, please let us know! Most internships run from
early June- mid- August. Of course you will get to talk with selected
interns to make sure it’s a right match for your house. Perhaps you have
a college student, or a child who will be at camp- if you might have a
space in your home for a COLAGE intern please email Meredith Fenton,
COLAGE Program Director at mere-@colage.org to talk about the

Thanks so much in advance!

Community Bulletin Board

14. Unchained Conference and Young Women's Heath Fair

Two of LYRIC's most popular events, are together at last! The conference
is a chance for queer youth and their allies of all backgrounds to
connect with their peers, learn from one another, and have some fun. The
fair is a sex-positive event for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and
queer women—attend workshops, get resources, and did we mention gift

WHO: LGBTQQ youth (24 & under) and their allies (including
teachers/adult allies!)
WHAT: New workshops, new performers, and a chance to connect with other
WHEN: Saturday, May 20th, 10a.m. – 6p.m.
WHERE: Everett Middle School , 450 Church St. (@ 17th St.), San
Francisco , CA

The Unchained Dance …it's back! At a new location, at a new time, and
with new DJs. Come to the conference and fair, but make sure you stay
for the dance!

WHO: LGBTQQ youth (24 & under)
WHAT: A bangin' after-party with guest DJs and door prizes!
WHEN: Saturday, May 20th, 8p.m. – 12a.m . (midnight)
WHERE: EVRC, 100 Collingwood St. (@ 18th St.), San Francisco , CA
(Castro District)

Questions? Contact Denny David at 415.703.6150 x28 or den-@lyric.org
and find out how you can get involved with these upcoming events.

15. 2006 Legal update for same sex couples and families


Wednesday, June 14 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: BANANAS at 5232 Claremont Avenue in Oakland, enter from back
of building at second floor. Limited, free, on-site child care.

Join BANANAS, Our Family Coalition and attorneys Deborah Wald
(www.waldlaw.net) and Alma Soongi Beck (www.becklawgroup.com) for a
workshop that will cover LGBT adoption, donor insemination, surrogacy
and co-parenting issues; plus property and estate planning for LGBT
families. Discussion will include the impact of AB 205 and the recent
California Supreme Court decisions on our families. Please RSVP to Our
Family Coalition at aim-@ourfamily.org or 415-981-1960.

16. Fabulous summer job opportunities for high school aged youth


I'm writing to you as a board member of iPride (Interracial Family Pride
www.ipride.org), an agency that serves mixed heritage and transracially
adopted youth and their families. Our annual Fusion Summer Camp for
mixed heritage and transracially adopted youth is scheduled for this
July in Oakland. We're looking for more junior camp counselors and I
would love love love it if you could spread the information to youth
(ages 15-17) you work with.

Included in this email is a word attachment of the junior camp counselor
job description. Additionally, if you know people who may be interested
in sending their children (ages 7-12) to the summer camp, the
information is on the Fusion website www.fusionprogram.org. We do offer
scholarships for the summer camp.

Thanks for your help!

Logan Gutierrez-Mock, MA
iPride Board of Directors

PS iPride is hosting a fabulous night of spoken word, comedy, and music
featuring performers who are themselves of mixed heritage and/or
transracially adopted on May 25th at La Pena. Email me for more info if
you're interested! Childcare will be provided.

Thank you for subscribing to COLAGE Bay Area Net News!

COLAGE thrives on the involvement and support of all its members and
funders. We acknowledge the generous support of the Gill Foundation,
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Horizons Foundation, Open Society
Institute, San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Children and Families
Commission, San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Families,
Castro Lions, ACLU, Providian Financial and all our members.

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
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