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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.