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Celebrating 50 years of identity, advocacy, and community

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we're updating the image on our homepage throughout the year to highlight pieces of our history and the history of 2SLGBTQ+ people and activism in Winnipeg.

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To kick off our fiftieth year, it makes sense to start right at the beginning.

In 1972, the Campus Gay Club was born at the University of Manitoba. This group was social in nature, a way for gay and lesbian students at the university to connect with each other.

However, there was a recognized need for more activism, public education, and outreach. In 1973, Phil Graham established Gays for Equality, which would evolve over the decades to eventually become the Rainbow Resource Centre we know and love today.

For more information on our bold beginnings, click here to read about Rainbow in the seventies. Throughout 2023 we will post summaries of each of our decades to celebrate where we've come from.

Image Credits

All images are used under a Creative Commons license and were accessed from the Manitoba Gay and Lesbian Archives.

The specific individual credits are listed below:

“Gays for Equality Bulletin Board”; Gays for Equality; 1981. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Gays for Equality People”; Gays for Equality; Nicholson, Doug; Aug. 1980. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Censorship Demonstration”; Fewster, Glenn; Winnipeg Gay Media Collective; Nov. 1, 1980. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Gays for Equality”; Gays for Equality; undated. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Gays for Equality Information Line”; Gays for Equality; 1981. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Info-line Advertisement”; unattributed; undated. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Winnipeg Gay Pride March 1974”; Gays for Equality; Aug. 31, 1974. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Winnipeg Gay Pride March 1974”; Gays for Equality; Aug. 31, 1974. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Gays for Equality People”; Gays for Equality; Nicholson, Doug; Aug. 1980. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Gays for Equality People”; Gays for Equality; Nicholson, Doug; Aug. 1980. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Giovanni’s Room”; Fewster, Glenn; 1983. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Winnipeg Gay Pride March 1974”; Gays for Equality; Aug. 31, 1974. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Winnipeg Gay Media Collective Staff”; Winnipeg Gay Media Collective; Feb. 1981. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Canadian Human Rights Commission Sit-in”; Steffenson, Ken; undated. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...

“Gay Pride Demonstration”; unattributed; undated. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0. https://digitalcollections.lib...