Episode 17: Rainbow Resource Centre
Rainbow Resource Centre began as a student group at the University of Manitoba in the early 1970s. First known as the Campus Gay Club, the name was changed in 1973 to Gays for Equality.
In 1988, the group changed again and became Winnipeg Gay/Lesbian Resource Centre, establishing itself as an independent organization in a new location at Confusion Corner. The Resource Centre was incorporated as a non-profit organization and applied for charitable tax status under the legal name of Manitoba Institute on Society and Sexuality.
The Centre evolved once more in 1999, changing its name to Rainbow Resource Centre. The reason for this change was due to a realization and response to be more inclusive of all members of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and thus the Centre’s mission expanded to serve Manitoba’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and two-spirit communities.
Rainbow Resource Centre offers support to the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the form of counselling, education, and programming for individuals ranging from children through to 55±. It also supports families, friends, and employers of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.
Rainbow Resource Centre’s Education Program provides 2SLGBTQ+ and ally education, awareness, and outreach that assists healthcare providers, educators, students, social service, and commercial service providers.
The Youth Program offers 2SLGBTQ+ youth a safe, fun place to learn new skills, create projects, and celebrate identities. Rainbow Resource Centre also has a volunteer program, community library, and coordinates the community-led groups and committees that meet at Rainbow Resource Centre.
Rainbow Resource Centre is located on Treaty One Territory.
Bryce Byron, Information and Intake Coordinator
Bryce Byron (ze/hir/hirs) is a genderqueer non-binary transgender person who is dedicated to supporting other 2SLGBTQ+ people and continuing conversations about the intersectionality of gender and sexual diversity with other marginalized identities. As the Information and Intake Coordinator, ze sits at the front desk and is one of the first people that you will meet when you call, email, or visit the centre.