The following is from a news release.
COLAGE, the only national organization for and by people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents, and Family Equality Council, the national organization which represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer in the United States, are gearing up for Family Week, 2014. The event is set for July 26 through August 2 on the iconic Cape Cod in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Family Week attracts hundreds of families from across the globe who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, and their children, extended families, prospective families, and friends. It was started 19 years ago and has continued to be a tradition for LGBTQ families. Family Week programs include a myriad of gatherings, workshops, and celebrations for parents and families, as well as programs for youth ages 8-18. We are particularly excited about this year’s programs which will be an opportunity for LGBTQ families to celebrate all of the progress made towards equality over the past year.
“For youth in LGBTQ families attending Family Week, the gathering fosters lifelong friendships and provides a safe and accepting space to support empowerment, dialog, and connections” said COLAGE Executive Director, Annie Van Avery. “We have found over these many years providing evolving programming around issues that are relevant for youth at Family Week, that connecting with peers who share a deep understanding of their experience as well as adult mentors who are also people with LGBTQ parents is a powerful and life changing opportunity. Many take this opportunity to become social justice leaders in their home communities.”
“I think it’s important to educate kids about their families and show them that they aren’t alone as kids with queer parents,” said a COLAGE affiliated 12-year-old. “I learned that it’s important to take pride in your family and to stand up for what you believe in.”
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