FAMILY WEEK 2016
July 23 – 30, 2016
Family Week is a week-long event co-hosted by COLAGE and Family Equality Council where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ) parented families grow together in Provincetown, MA. For more than 20 years, Family Week has supported and inspired, fostered community and friendships, and addressed the unique joys and challenges that arise for LGBTQ families through a week of programs, events, and celebrations. We have found in over 20 years providing youth programming at Family Week, youth who attend COLAGE programs will have a positive and powerful experience connecting with peers from around the country and world that share their experiences. Generations of Family Week alumni are now active allies, change agents, social justice leaders, and compassionate individuals who are making a difference because they belong to a network of empowered people with LGBTQ parents.
COLAGE offers daily programming at Family Week for youth ages 7-18 in collaboration with Family Equality Council which hosts family and parent programs throughout the week. COLAGE programs are thoughtfully developed for each age group balancing creativity with recreation, providing a safe environment to talk with other youth about challenges they face and ways to become empowered, while focusing on connecting your child with a network of peers that will be lifelong friends and support system. COLAGE also encourages parents to be involved through complementary programming we offer throughout the week. Sign up for our Family Week updates to learn more about parent and family activities.
Registration for Family Week 2016 is now open!
Youth programming spaces are limited and we encourage you to register early.
COLAGEr space is very important because you get to express your inner self…One thing I learned this week that I will take back home with me is to not be ashamed!
—10 year-old participant
I think it’s important to educate kids about their families and show
them that they aren’t alone as kids with queer parents. I learned
that it’s important to take pride in your family and to stand up
for what you believe in.
—12 year-old participant
COLAGE is my family. I couldn’t imagine my life without it.
—16 year-old participant
Congratulations! COLAGE Family Week was a huge success! I also wanted to say thank you for your encouragement around bringing my daughter to Family Week. I did pull off her being there for the whole week and I am very grateful for your encouragement. She even participated in the panel-something I never dreamed she would do!
—Parent of a first time youth participant
See the draft schedule for Family Week 2016. Changes may occur.
Subscribe here to get updates on Family Week!
Questions? Please contact Kaley Fry at email@example.com
Two great organizations. One incredible week.
Physical Accessibility- In Ptown, many buildings are one story, but there are few to no elevators in the few buildings that are more than one story, there are usually steps to enter buildings and little to no parking. COLAGE programming happens mainly in the High School that has an accessible first floor, drop off parking, and an elevator to get to the second floor (which must be accessed with the janitor’s key). COLAGE staff will help locate the key so that the elevator can be used. The stage in the auditorium has a set of 6 stairs with no handrail. We also have programming outside in various locations (beach with accessible ramp halfway down the sand), Motta field (series of stairs with handrail, dirt pathway at the north end of field) and Bas Relief Park (accessible). We try to have chairs at all or our events for both youth and parents to be able to sit down in. COLAGE staff is always willing to work with participants in any way to make all spaces more accessible and we can be very creative with any obstacles in our way!
Join the Family Week Facebook Group if you are interested in attending this year to network with other families who will be attending.
Check out this article written in the Huffington Post about the week!
Want more youth voices? Check out our YouTube channel!
Thank you to the Seaglass Inn & Spa for supporting Family Week and offering discounts to our families for lodging and to the Sage Inn & Lounge for hosting events throughout the week.