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Colage: Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere

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There are 10 million people in the United States that have lesbian, gay, bisexual and.or transgender (LGBT) parents, which is the reason COLAGE was created. COLAGE is a group of people with LGBT parents that helps people feel like they are not the only person whose family is different. The mission of COLAGE is to engage, connect and empower people to make the world a better place for all children of LGBT parents and families.

COLAGE provides resources for families including books, videos, curriculum guides, speakers, training and links to other resources. They also sponsor family events, an online community for different ages, and even a pen pal program. The most important factor in mental health is "connection" to others - and sometimes living in a family that is "different" can make kids feel alone without reason. There are 10 million people living in LGBT families out there - who will understand what it feels like. Some kids are lucky, particularly here in the Bay Area - there have always been LGBT families in school whose parents are well-known and active in the community, but for others, they may need some support and COLAGE is there to help.

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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