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COLAGE BAY AREA Net News, Oct. 3, 2006  emb-@colage.org
 Oct 03, 2006 13:11 PDT 

COLAGE Bay Area Net News
Tuesday, October 3, 2006
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In this edition of Bay Area Net News:

COLAGE Updates & Announcements:
1. Ember Cook, Program Coordinator, Returns from Temporary Leave

COLAGE Group Meeting and Events:
2. Act OUT: National LGBT Family Conference
3. Monster Mash Halloween Party ** Oct. 28th, 11-1pm**

SAVE THE DATES! 2006-2007 Bay Area Groups!
4. East Bay Middle School Kick Off **Oct. 8th, 1-4pm**
5. San Francisco COLAGE Crew Event **Oct. 8th, 1-4pm**
6. East Bay COLAGE Crew Event **Oct. 15th, 1-4pm**
7. Youth Leadership and Action Program **Oct. 22nd, 1-4pm**
8. San Francisco Middle School Event **Nov. 5th, 1-4pm**



Community Bulletin Board and News:
9. The Sperm Bank Of California Picnic **Oct. 7th, 12-4pm**
10. The Sperm Bank of California Upcoming Events and Groups
11. School Forum in the East Bay **Oct. 25, 5:30-8:30**]
12. SF Elementary School Fair for LGBT Parents
13. Support Group for Native LGBT Community Members






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COLAGE Updates & Announcements
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1.Ember Cook, Program Coordinator, Returns from Temporary Leave

COLAGE’s wonderful Program Coordinator has returned to the office!!!
Ember Cook was on temporary leave beginning September 25th, due to a
foot surgery. She is healing well and is back in the COLAGE office, and
is rockin’ the Bay Area programs!

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2. Act OUT: The National LGBT Family Conference- Don’t miss the event of
the year~

Do/did you have at least one lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender
parent?

Have you always wanted to find a community of people with one or more
LGBT parents?
Do you want to meet MORE people with LGBT parents?

AND are you ready for a weekend of activism, education, empowerment, and
community celebration?

Are you ready to ACT OUT!?

Then let’s make it HAPPEN at ACT OUT: The National LGBT Family
Conference 2006!

ACT OUT is brought to you by COLAGE and FAMILY PRIDE.          
www.colage.org          www.familypride.org

COLAGE, (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere), is a national
organization whose mission is to engage, connect, and empower people to
make the world a better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and/or transgender parents and families. COLAGE is the only national
organization in the world specifically supporting children, youth and
adults with LGBT parent(s). Using our experiences and creativity, COLAGE
offers a diverse array of support, education and advocacy by and for
folks with LGBT parents.

No matter how politically active or outspoken you have or haven’t been
in the past about the issues that face youth and adults with LGBT
parents ACT OUT promises to offer you workshops, keynote events, panels,
and an invaluable space for community and coalition building in a
conference oriented environment.

ACT OUT is not just for the little ones.

If you are a teen, a young adults, or an adult then ACT OUT is for YOU
and the COLAGE Leadership track is where YOU need to be!

The COLAGE LEADERSHIP TRACK is:

A series of workshops for teens, young adults, and adults with LGBT
parents. These workshops will focus on how WE, as leaders and activists,
can develop our critical social analysis. This development will allow
us to further educate and incite social change in our communities, in
our schools, in the media, in policy, and in politics about the issues
that people with LGBT parents face. This programming will also highlight
the role adults with LGBT parents can play in social justice and LGBT
organizing as community leaders by voicing their experiences and family
backgrounds with new and old friends.

SAVE THE DATE!! Friday October 27th through Sunday the 29th 2006

Where: THE FAIRMONT HOTEL in DALLAS, TEXAS

REGISTER TODAY at www.familypride.org

And ACT OUT with us!

This will be one of the most transformative social justice gatherings
this year! Hundreds will attend and space is limited.

Ask your school, your college, your academic department, your
organization, or your place of employment to sponsor you. Or contact us
about scholarship information!

It’s time So GET ON IT! And GET involved in the movement for family
equality!
Register today at www.familypride.org

For more info contact COLAGE! - 415.861-KIDS (5437) —
col-@colage.org — 1550 Bryant St. San Francisco, CA. 94103

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3. Monster Mash Halloween Party Potluck Oct. 28th, 11am-1pm

Bring your ghosts and goblins to a Halloween Bash in San Francisco.
Bring a dish to share and costumes to dazzle the eye. The SF LGBT
Ceremonial Room will be transformed into a creepy Halloween experience.

Enjoy face painting, an eyeball relay, ring around the pumpkin, and many
other fun games for the family.

Come in Costume! Co-sponsored by the LGBT Family Collaborative.
Volunteers needed to staff activity stations! Call Ember at 415-861-5437
ex 103 for additional information.

Location: The SF LGBT Community Center at 1800 Market St. at Octavia in
San Francisco. Take MUNI JKLMN to Van Ness Station or above ground F
Line to Octavia.


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SAVE THE DATE! 2006-2007 Bay Area Groups Start Soon!
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The 2006-2007 school year begun and you don’t want to miss out on the
amazing line up of COLAGE programming. Feel free to contact Ember at
415-861-5437 ex 103 for more information. SEE YOU THERE!!!

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4. East Bay Middle School Kick Off!!!
For middle school youth
Sunday, October 8th, 1-4pm
Location: The Pacific Center, 2712 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

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5. San Francisco COLAGE Crew Event
Join us for our second meeting!
For youth in 3rd-5th grade
Sunday, October 8th, 1-4pm
Location: LYRIC. 127 Collingwood St. @ 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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6. East Bay COLAGE Crew Event
Join us for our second meeting!
For youth in 3rd-5th grade
Sunday October 15th, 1-4pm
Location: The Pacific Center, 2712 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

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7. Youth Leadership and Action Program
Join us for our second meeting!
For youth ages 14-20 years old
Sunday October 22nd, 1-4pm
Location: LYRIC 127 Collingwood St. @ 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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8. San Francisco Middle School Event
Join us for our second meeting!
Sunday, November 5th, 1-4pm
Location: LYRIC 127 Collingwood St @18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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Community Bulletin Board

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9. The Sperm Bank Of California Picnic

Saturday, Oct. 7th, 12-4pm
Temescal Park in Oakland

Come enjoy an afternoon with The Sperm Bank of California and their
community. Bring your family and a picnic and enjoy spending time with
other families who are similar to yours! COLAGE will be helping out
with the kid’s activity table as well as playing games.

For more information contact Alice Ruby, Executive Director, The Sperm
Bank of California by calling 510-841-1858 or by visiting their website.
www.thespermbankofca.org

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10. The Sperm Bank of California Upcoming Events and Groups

The Sperm Bank of California
Resource Group Calendar
October 2006 – January 2007

Day: Meetings are one Saturday each month
Location: TSBC, 2115 Milvia St., 2nd floor, Berkeley, CA, Phone:
510-841-1858 x203
Fee: $10 - $20 sliding scale donation per person, no one turned away
for lack of funds
Security Code: The code to ring our floor is 201.

Our monthly resource groups are confidential and open to any interested
parties—you do not need to be registered with TSBC to attend. Groups
include time for Q&A, along with the chance to meet and share resources
with others who are building families through donor insemination.
Please note that in order to ensure a comfortable discussion space, the
groups are open to adults only.


October 28, 2006: Legal Issues
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Are you a lesbian considering parenthood and concerned about protecting
your family’s legal rights? Are you up to date on how the recent changes
in domestic partner legislation might affect your family? Are you
confused about the difference between stepparent adoption, second parent
adoption, and a Uniform Parentage Act (UPA) action? Come have your
questions answered by Emily Doskow – a lesbian lawyer who has been
providing family law services to the LGBT community for over 15 years,
including adoption, donor agreements and parentage consultations, and
domestic partnership formation and dissolution.

November 11, 2006: Preconception Planning
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Come hear Stephanie Brill of Maia Midwifery talk about enhancing your
fertility, timing your inseminations, and coping with the physical and
emotional stresses of trying to get pregnant. Stephanie is the author of
The Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth.

January 20th, 2007: Identity-Release® Program Update
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
The Sperm Bank of California’s pioneering Identity-Release
Program was created in 1983 and is the most thoroughly researched and
thoughtfully developed open donor program worldwide. Over the past five
years, 24 young adults have received their donor’s identifying
information. Come learn more about the Identity-Release Program
and hear about the experiences of offspring and donors. The group will
be facilitated by TSBC's Executive Director, Alice Ruby, MPH, MPPM. She
has released donor information to 23 young adults.


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11. School Forum in the East Bay

Oct. 25th , 5:30-8:30pm
James Irvine Conference Center
353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Our Family Coalition and the East Bay Community Foundation are pleased
to invite you to the East Bay Elementary School Forum: Creating
Inclusive Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Families. We believe all children deserve the very best in education,
without regard to family composition. Research consistently
demonstrates the importance of diversity education and school
experiences in the formation of self-identity and self-esteem in young
children. We, like you, are committed to helping children of gay,
lesbian, bisexual or transgender parents experience safe and healthy
school environments, and helping all children learn to accept
difference.

This forum is designed to give school administrators, teachers, and
parents an introduction to some of the innovative and groundbreaking
strategies to creating inclusive and welcoming environments for lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents and their children. The
number of LGBT families in the East Bay is on the rise, and this forum
offers a unique opportunity for schools and parents to engage in a safe
dialogue and create partnerships around this increasingly important
work. Participants will also be able to browse informational tables that
provide information about the seven East Bay school districts chosen to
participate in this forum, and other related resources. Invited
districts and parents include: Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville,
San Leandro, Piedmont, and Alameda

The East Bay Elementary School Forum will take place at the James Irvine
Conference Center located at 353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland on
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. A light dinner
will take place at 5:30pm and the program will start promptly at 5:50pm.
Free child care will be available on site, with art programming
provided by the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA).

Please RSVP by phone by calling Aimee at 415-981-1960. If you require
child care, please indicate when you RSVP.   We encourage you to promote
this event to families at your school/district. If you would like
copies of the flyer or electronic promotional materials, or have
questions about participation please contact Aimee at 415-981-1960.

Our Family Coalition and the East Bay Community Foundation look forward
to your participation in what promises to be an informative and valuable
community event.


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12. SF Elementary School Fair for LGBT Parents
Saturday, Nov. 4, 10am-1:30pm
SF Elementary School Fair for LGBT Parents
Advocating for Our Kids: Helping Primary Schools Welcome LGBT Families
With Three Forums for LGBT Parents and tabling by San Francisco Public &
Private Primary Schools!
Opening Speakers: School Board Members Dr. Dan Kelly and Mr. Mark
Sanchez
10-11am Choosing & Evaluating Schools
11am-12pm Parent Activism: Being an Advocate for Family Diversity
12-12:30pm Information Session and Mixer on Bi-Monthly Support Group
for Parents in SF Elementary Schools
12-1:30pm Tabling by San Francisco Public & Private Primary Schools!
Free! Light snacks provided! Free Child Care! To RSVP for child care
please call Kevin at 415-981-1960.
Location: The SF LGBT Community Center at 1800 Market St. at Octavia.
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13. Support Group for Native LGBT Community Members
Hello Everyone:

This is Nazbah. I'm starting a support group for Native LGBT Community
Members at the Native American Health Center in San Francisco starting
October 20, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Fridays for 10 weeks.

Please pass this flyer along to community members who you think might
benefit from this open, semi-structured, and culturally sensitive group
for men, women, transgendered, and questioning Natives.

I will be running the group, so any questions can be passed on to me at
415/621-4371, ext. 594, or glto-@yahoo.com.

Thank you for passing along this information. This might end up becoming
an on-going group at NAHC in San Francisco.

Best-

Nazbah Tom
Drama Therapist Intern
Native American Health Center
Family & Child Guidance Clinic
415/621-4371, ext. 594



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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.

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place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents.
Ensure COLAGE's future with your membership contribution today. Join
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