Our Stories 2017-05-25T23:16:51+00:00

These are our stories.
What’s yours?

Portrait of Nate Peterson

NAMIR DAVIS-ELLISON

I’m super grateful for COLAGE because it gives me and many other youth with LGBTQ+ people a place to connect with each other. Ever since I was super young, it has given me a place where I can grow as a person, and where I can help other kids, many of which are in the exact same situation that I am, and I can help them get through things that their parents might not able to help quite as much with. Being in COLAGE makes me feel like I finally belong somewhere, and I am thrilled to be able to continue to work with COLAGE and participate in the future.

Bianca Ysabelle Dalangin

“COLAGE has showed me the power of differences and change– a strength I never knew we had until I joined such an empowering and supportive community in 2013. I joined the group feeling overwhelmed and emerged feeling reenergized, as a coordinator and eventually as a board fellow member. I am always inspired by the staff and members to help revolutionize what it means to be a family. I am beyond thankful to call COLAGE my second family, and even more so to know that we are a force to be reckoned with.”

Portrait of Nate Peterson
Portrait of Nate Peterson

Aaron Ky-Riesenbach

“I’m really grateful for COLAGE because it has given me an experience many children of LGBTQ parents don’t get to have: a community. COLAGE has let me meet kids just like me, and provided a safe space where we can talk to each other about anything we want without having to hide anything about our parents or our life. I’m so happy I can take part in COLAGE’s LA chapter, and I look forward to working with COLAGE in the future.”

Hannah Crowe-Cumella

“COLAGE has been life changing to say the least. It saved my life. I’ve been going to COLAGE programming since I can remember and I am now participating in staffing since I have aged out of programming. It has provided me with a sense of belonging, community, love and empowerment. Some of the people I’ve met at COLAGE are some of the most important people in my life. COLAGE only happens one week out of a year, but it’s the most moving and powerful week of my entire year. It helped me believe in myself.”

Portrait of Nate Peterson
Portrait of Nate Peterson

Jean Azar-Tanguay

“COLAGE has had such a huge impact on my life. It has shown me that there are other families like mine who face the same challenges I do and that there are kids my age who also have two dads. Prior to COLAGE I knew only a couple of families like mine but since going to programming I have met many more and I have made so many friends through the programming. I am also a member of COLAGE’s youth advisory board and being on the board has given me so many opportunities to expand my leadership skills and to stay involved with the organization year round. The COLAGE and the YAB provide a space for me to share my story and my experiences and hear stories of others.”

Samantha Price

“My name is Samantha Price and I am 14 years old. I am a Colager because I have two mothers. My mom came out when I was about five years old.At the time, I did not understand why my mom and dad no longer lived together or why my mom eventually started dating a girl, but I thought it was normal. As I got older, other kids knew that my family wasn’t like all the families in story books and so did I. I eventually joined Colage to help me understand.

Colage has taught me so many things about both my family and myself, and has helped me deal with everything from bullying to answering questions about my family.It has been much easier to learn in Colage’s safe space where my family is not the minority. Colage’s community of queerspawn from similar yet unique families has shown me the beauty of diversity, the power of love and acceptance, and the importance of Colage and all of their programs. I am grateful for all of the wonderful, life changing experiences that Colage has provided for me, and I hope that generations of kids to come will have access to the same experiences that I did.

Your support of Colage is crucial in continuing to reach out to the youth of LGBTQ families. Donor support makes programming possible. I cannot express enough how grateful I am to the donors, like you, who support Colage. My hope is for all children of LGBTQ parents to be able to have the wonderful safe space outlet that is Colage for years to come.”

Portrait of Nate Peterson
Portrait of Nate Peterson

NAMIR DAVIS-ELLISON

I’m super grateful for COLAGE because it gives me and many other youth with LGBTQ+ people a place to connect with each other. Ever since I was super young, it has given me a place where I can grow as a person, and where I can help other kids, many of which are in the exact same situation that I am, and I can help them get through things that their parents might not able to help quite as much with. Being in COLAGE makes me feel like I finally belong somewhere, and I am thrilled to be able to continue to work with COLAGE and participate in the future.

Portrait of Nate Peterson

Bianca Ysabelle Dalangin

“COLAGE has showed me the power of differences and change– a strength I never knew we had until I joined such an empowering and supportive community in 2013. I joined the group feeling overwhelmed and emerged feeling reenergized, as a coordinator and eventually as a board fellow member. I am always inspired by the staff and members to help revolutionize what it means to be a family. I am beyond thankful to call COLAGE my second family, and even more so to know that we are a force to be reckoned with.”

Portrait of Nate Peterson

Aaron Ky-Riesenbach

“I’m really grateful for COLAGE because it has given me an experience many children of LGBTQ parents don’t get to have: a community. COLAGE has let me meet kids just like me, and provided a safe space where we can talk to each other about anything we want without having to hide anything about our parents or our life. I’m so happy I can take part in COLAGE’s LA chapter, and I look forward to working with COLAGE in the future.”

Portrait of Nate Peterson

Hannah Crowe-Cumella

“COLAGE has been life changing to say the least. It saved my life. I’ve been going to COLAGE programming since I can remember and I am now participating in staffing since I have aged out of programming. It has provided me with a sense of belonging, community, love and empowerment. Some of the people I’ve met at COLAGE are some of the most important people in my life. COLAGE only happens one week out of a year, but it’s the most moving and powerful week of my entire year. It helped me believe in myself.”

Portrait of Nate Peterson

Jean Azar-Tanguay

“COLAGE has had such a huge impact on my life. It has shown me that there are other families like mine who face the same challenges I do and that there are kids my age who also have two dads. Prior to COLAGE I knew only a couple of families like mine but since going to programming I have met many more and I have made so many friends through the programming. I am also a member of COLAGE’s youth advisory board and being on the board has given me so many opportunities to expand my leadership skills and to stay involved with the organization year round. The COLAGE and the YAB provide a space for me to share my story and my experiences and hear stories of others.”

Portrait of Nate Peterson

Samantha Price

“My name is Samantha Price and I am 14 years old. I am a Colager because I have two mothers. My mom came out when I was about five years old.At the time, I did not understand why my mom and dad no longer lived together or why my mom eventually started dating a girl, but I thought it was normal. As I got older, other kids knew that my family wasn’t like all the families in story books and so did I. I eventually joined Colage to help me understand.

Colage has taught me so many things about both my family and myself, and has helped me deal with everything from bullying to answering questions about my family.It has been much easier to learn in Colage’s safe space where my family is not the minority. Colage’s community of queerspawn from similar yet unique families has shown me the beauty of diversity, the power of love and acceptance, and the importance of Colage and all of their programs. I am grateful for all of the wonderful, life changing experiences that Colage has provided for me, and I hope that generations of kids to come will have access to the same experiences that I did.

Your support of Colage is crucial in continuing to reach out to the youth of LGBTQ families. Donor support makes programming possible. I cannot express enough how grateful I am to the donors, like you, who support Colage. My hope is for all children of LGBTQ parents to be able to have the wonderful safe space outlet that is Colage for years to come.”