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Congratulations to Family Equality Council
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/13/13
Last updated on: 07/13/13
 
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Congratulations to the Family Equality Council on a new video celebrating the "Outspoken Generation" of children of glbtq parents. Prompted by the prominence of concern for the children of gay and lesbian parents in Justice Anthony Kennedy's historic opinion in Windsor v. United States, the Family Equality Council has released a new video showcasing the voices of these children many of whom--such as Ella Robinson and Zach Wahls--have become prominent activists in the struggle for equal rights.

The Family Equality Council is an outgrowth of the Gay Fathers Coalition, which was founded in 1979 as a support network by a group of gay fathers. In 1986, it expanded to include lesbian mothers, and in 2007 became the Family Equality Coalition, the name change representing its goal of securing equality for all families.

In 1988, the Family Pride Coalition organized a meeting at their annual conference for children of glbtq parents. A year later, similar workshops were offered, which prompted the youth to form their own steering committee with the intent to start their own organization devoted to their own needs and interests.

Initially called Just for Us, the group changed its name to COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) in 1993. At that time it produced a newsletter that reached approximately 500 families as its primary means of supporting children of glbtq families across the nation.

In 1995, COLAGE opened a national office in San Francisco with an all-volunteer staff. As the organization grew and began to incorporate children of bisexual and transgender parents into its programs, it also began to foster and support a number of local chapters, all the while preserving its youth-centered focus. It became an official non-profit in 1999 and now supports a full-time, professional staff, but COLAGE continues to address the needs of children of glbtq parents from their own perspectives. It is now the primary organization in the country that does so.

Many of the children of glbtq parents have come to assert themselves as members of the larger glbtq community even if they themselves are heterosexual. Some have embraced the term queerspawn as a means of incorporating the campy irreverence of queer activism into their own identities.

In the newly released video, children of glbtq parents speak of their experience growing up in gay and lesbian families.

 
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