Editors' Note:Guest blogger Beth Teper is the Executive Director of COLAGE. She also enjoys running, gardening, cooking, watching movies with her honey.
I grew up with a lesbian mom at a time when shows like Modern Family and GLEE were not on television and the notion of LGBTQ people raising children was quite taboo, if not down right dangerous.
On a Mother's Day many years ago I participated in a play called Out of My Parent's Closet. This Mothers' Day, I'm proud to share with you COLAGE's award winning short film In My Shoes, which follows five youth with LGBT parents who bravely share their thoughts about living in a world that treats our families differently. Gather your family and grab the popcorn, you're going to love this!
Mothers' day is a special day for many families. Whether you have one mom or six, have two dads, or live with a grandparent, aunt or uncle, we celebrate myriad family formations at COLAGE: People with a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer Parent.
We live in exciting times. Our families are gaining recognition on local, state, and national levels at a more rapid pace than ever. This progress also means that those who seek to deny LGBTQ families the respect and dignity all families deserve, are lashing out. They're trying to prevent parents from adopting, couples from getting married, and children from seeing their families reflected in school curriculum.
Over the years, I've learned that the best way to dispel myths about LGBTQ families is to share our stories with pride. Like the youth of In My Shoes, whether you share your story on the playground, with friends or relatives, on film, or in a statehouse, it makes a difference.
You too can make it better in your community. COLAGE is fostering a new generation of leaders by hosting regional retreats across the country. Attend or sponsor the first ever conference for people of color with LGBTQ parents, Voices Raised! in Oakland, CA on May 27 - 30, 2011 or one of the retreats in Detroit, MI and Knoxville, TN.