OMAHA, Neb. — Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) are welcoming a new member. Recently, Buddy G, the starring animated character of the show “Buddy G, My Two Moms and Me,” an animated cartoon series for children starring a character with same sex parents, joined the organization.

“Buddy G is a perfect fit for COLAGE. The cartoon promotes acceptance, justice, equality and love by celebrating Buddy and his family; we are delighted to accept Buddy G’s membership,” said Beth Teper, COLAGE’s executive director. “While all COLAGE members are dynamic and spirited, Buddy G is our first truly animated member.”

COLAGE represents the more than 10 million people in the U.S. who have one or more LGBT parents or guardians. Through youth empowerment, leadership development, advocacy and education, COLAGE builds community among people with LGBTQ parents and works for social justice for all youth and families.

Youth members of COLAGE are connected to a vibrant community of peers who share the experience of having LGBTQ parents through chapters, regional events and on-line social networking programs. The organization also disseminates a diverse array of resources including free Respect All Families posters for schools, the award-winning film “In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents,” undergraduate scholarships and much more.

Cartoon character Buddy G. poses for a shot with youth members of Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywher (COLAGE).

During the weekends between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this year, COLAGE youth and their families will participate in a national event called the American Family Outing sponsored by Soulforce, in collaboration with the National Black Justice Coalition, and the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches and COLAGE.

According to Teper, the American Family Outing will arrange family-to-family visits with the parishioners and leaders of six of America’s most influential mega-churches, including Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, and Rick Warren.

Margaux Towne-Colley, executive producer of “Buddy G,” said that the animated cartoon, sold on DVD, has faced little opposition since its debut in late 2007 and has been enthusiastically received by LGBT parents and their children across the U.S. and in Canada, Australia, Spain, Brazil and England.

Over 50,000 people have watched the show’s opening and theme song, available for viewing both on the cartoon’s website and YouTube. Both “Buddy G” and COLAGE have pages on MySpace.

“Buddy G has enjoyed incredible success and visibility during our first four months and we hope that Buddy G’s membership will bring that same prominence to COLAGE,” Towne-Colley said. “COLAGE is a fantastic organization and can be a great source of friendship and understanding for kids with an LGBT parent or parents. I don’t think it should be any surprise that a cartoon character with two moms would want to join the only national organization in the world offering a community to these kids.”

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