Aaron Sachs

PFLAG Santa Cruz County is proud to announce that our Tuesday, July 10th meeting will feature COLAGE Board of Directors Co-chair Aaron Sachs!!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz
900 High Street, Santa Cruz, 95060

Aaron Sachs with Donor Daughter

Please join families from around Santa Cruz County as they come together to hear about COLAGE and their important national work in supporting youth and adults who have at least one ore more LGBT/Queer parents.

The first hour of the PFLAG Santa Cruz County (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays) meeting is dedicated to discussion groups followed by a brief break. The second hour will be
dedicated to our July keynote speaker, Aaron Sachs, COLAGE Board of Directors co-chair, who will be sharing his personal story of being raised with lesbian moms in Berkeley, California and his
work as an adult on a national level through his leadership role at COLAGE.

Aaron Sachs – COLAGE Board of Directors Co-chair:
Aaron joined COLAGE in 2008 after marching with the New York chapter in NY Pride and working at Family Week in Provincetown. He became the Co-Chair of the board in 2010 and also currently chairs the Board’s Executive and Finance Committees. Born with the help of anonymous donor insemination, Aaron was raised by his two moms in Berkeley, CA. After his moms separated, one came-out as bisexual and was involved with a man until 2007. In 2004, Aaron was contacted by his donor, a single gay man, and the two remain in touch. In 2009, Aaron began donating sperm to a lesbian friend of his and now is the proud donor-dad of a 14 month old daughter who lives with her mother in Southern California. Aaron identifies as culturally and spiritually Jewish; as male, but not masculine; as straight, but queer; as a person of color without a particular color to belong to; and as an anti-racist white ally who isn’t really white.

Outside of COLAGE, Aaron is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Saint Mary’s College of California. He holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Iowa, and his work focuses on the intersection of media, technology, and culture with a particular concern for issues of race, gender, sexuality, and class. In addition to Aaron’s academic work on hip-hop, particularly breakdance movies from the 1980s, he has published non-fiction narratives about growing up as a COLAGEr, and was recently featured in interviews on sperm donor dads in Details Magazine and on CNN Television.

COLAGE Mission:
COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. They build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.

Watch the 15-minute video, Family Time, chronicling 20 years of COLAGE and LGBTQ family movement history.

COLAGE Resources:
For a wide variety of resources, video’s called “Story Wall” and to check out COLAGE’s book store, please visit the COLAGE website at www.colage.org.

COLAGE will also be back in Provincetown this Summer from July 29-August 3 for its signature Family Week Programing. Registration information can be found on the COLAGE website.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Santa Cruz County meets the second Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm at First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz at 900 High Street in Santa Cruz.

Contact us at pflagscc@gmail.com, www.pflagscc.org, or call (831) 427-4016