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Affirmations to host COLAGE kick-off

By |2018-01-15T15:45:12-05:00January 14th, 2010|News|

A kick-off party and potluck meal for the new metro Detroit chapter of Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere is set to take place from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 16 at Affirmations LGBT community center in Ferndale.
This celebration of families will introduce the community to the COLAGE chapter
and the programs and services it will be providing in 2010.
COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth and adults with one or
more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer parents. The organization has chapters in states across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Sweden and England. COLAGE works to build community and work toward social justice and LGBT equality through youth empowerment, leadership development, education and advocacy.
The local chapter of COLAGE was begun by Affirmations’ own new Social Activities Coordinator, Rosalea Brown. “As the daughter of a lesbian who grew up in metro Detroit, I always wanted a place where I could build community,” said Brown, who was hired at the center last year. “Living in a world that treats our families differently can be isolating and challenging. By connecting with peers who share our experiences, we are able to become strong advocates for ourselves and our families.”
“I’ve seen firsthand what an amazing resource COLAGE is for families,” Brown continued. “Before working at Affirmations, I interned at the COLAGE national office in San Francisco for three months. I am so excited to take what I’ve learned and bring it to families in my hometown of metro Detroit.”
Youth and adults of all ages are encouraged to attend the inaugural event, and families are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.
Resources for LGBTQ families, including the COLAGE newsletter, “Just For Us,”
will be available at the event for families to take home.
For more information about the metro Detroit COLAGE chapter, please call
Rosalea Brown at 248-298-7105, or e-mail her at
To learn more about this and other programs available for LGBT Michiganders, visit

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