COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.
We envision a world in which youth with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parents are connected to a broad community of peers and mentors, are recognized as the authorities of their shared experiences, belong to respected and valued family structures, and have the tools and support to create and maintain a just society.
- We value social justice and the pursuit of greater social equity.
- We value community building.
- We value the voices of youth eight to eighteen as leaders in our community.
- We value inclusivity, diversity, and cultural competency.
- We value our responsibility as people with LGBTQ parents to support ourselves, each other, and our broader community.
For our full Mission, Vision and Values click here: PDF Document
In 1988, a small group of young people with gay and lesbian parents came together while their parents were attending an annual conference sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition International (GLPCI – now more known as Family Equality Council.) Recognizing that they had much to share with one another and the larger world about growing up in families with same-sex parents, this group began putting out a newsletter and within two years, they had formed a steering committee, drafted a mission statement, and set long-term goals.
In 1990, the youth reconvened and initiated a new program within GLPCI, called Just For Us. By the mid 1990’s Just For Us was full-fledged program and in 1995, GLPCI opened a volunteer-run national office for Just For Us in San Francisco – shortly thereafter changing the group’s name to Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE). In 1996, GLPCI added work with children of bisexual and transgender parents to its mission, hiring COLAGE’s first paid director in 1997.
In 1999, the GLPCI Board of Directors endorsed the wishes of COLAGE leaders to become an independent organization, operating under its own tax-exempt status and COLAGE officially became an independent organization on January 1, 1999.
Family Time the video chronicles 20 years of COLAGE and LGBTQ family movement history – outrageous talk show appearances, the stinging impact of the AIDS crisis, the marriage equality movement and much more. It’s a fascinating tale. The film and timeline were produced by Jen Gilomen with financial support from the Creative Work Fund.