Celebrating ‘Family Time’ with COLAGE

COLAGE, an organization for people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer parents, has just launched its new website, and its chock-full of information, entertainment and resources.

There’s an interactive timeline on LGBTQ families; there’s a blog; there’s a calendar; there’s a video story-wall and more. But perhaps the element with the most impact is the short film, “Family Time,” produced and directed by Jen Gilomen, and featuring the pioneering young men and women who founded COLAGE (back then it was called Just For Us) 20 years ago and who have helped it grow.

Every parent wants the best for their children. Every parent worries about doing something wrong. But when you are L or G or B or T and you are constantly bombarded by negative messages from mainstream society, no matter how confident and proud you are, you sometimes worry that who you are may be hurting your son or daughter.

So watching this film, seeing these proud, strong young people, was a very affirming for me as a lesbian parent. And I can guarantee that everyone will find at least one moment that makes you want to stand up and cheer. For me, the main highlight came about one-third of the way in — between the 4- and 5-minute marks — when the film is showing footage from a Canadian talk show from the early 1990s. In that clip, the young man and young woman who founded Just For Us/COLAGE have been blindsided by the talk show host who has brought on some right-winger to talk about how horrible it is for LGBTs to be raising children, even though the host had promised that wouldn’t happen. But then the young woman, who had a gay father, refuses to take the right-wing crap laying down, telling everyone in no uncertain terms that it isn’t the gay parent that causes problems, it’s the anti-gay assholes who harass and discriminate and intimidate and bully.

I know that at 15 minutes this is a little longer than the clips we usually post on Instant Tea. But it’s worth it.

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Pow! Bam! Methadone Man, Buprenorphine Babe take on HIV/AIDS misinformation, stigma

The XVII International AIDS Conference recently wrapped up in Vienna, after six days of seminars, workshops, speeches and more, all chock full of the latest statistics, scientific advances and more. You can go to the official International AIDS Conference Vienna website here for transcripts of speeches and reports that were presented.

But there was more than just science available at the conference, and blogger Mark S. King was there to report on those other aspects on his blog, “My Fabulous Disease,” where you can read his “AIDS 2010 for Dummies: An Entertaining Review.”

When you’re checking out King’s take on the conference, be sure to click the link to watch a webisode of “Methadone Man and Buprenorphine Babe,” an HIV-fighting duo in the vein of Batman and Robin who are fighting misinformation and stigma (in the form of Mr. Thought Control and Evil Mr. Stigma and others) to spread the word that methadone and buprenorphone maintenance program can help stop the spread of HIV by helping injection drug users kick their habits.

Methadone Man and Buprenorphine Babe were created by The Open Society Institute’s International Harm Reduction Development Program to “help raise awareness about the glaring lack of access to these life-saving drugs.” And they might make you smile in the process.

Here’s Episode One:

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