We're Back! Get the year started with five great events


After a well-earned break, the team at Rainbow have returned to our desks and are looking ahead at the exciting events we have planned in 2024. While there’s much to look forward to, we’re sharing the top five events that you should know about as you make plans for the coming year.

1. First up! Trans ID Clinic

Trans ID Clinic

On Saturday, January 20th come down to Rainbow Resource Centre for our Trans ID Clinic from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. We will have folks from the Pro Bono Students Association (PBSC) and local lawyers who can help out with updating ID documents, such as legal change of name and/or gender marker. Those who attend our clinic can access funds raised by PBSC to pay for application fees. There will be limited space for walk-ins, so appointments are recommended! Sign up now to secure your spot at https://rainbowresourcecentre.org/trans-id-clinic-sign-up


2. Coming Soon: Rainbow’s Inaugural Drag Artist In Residence


Coming up on Thursday, January 25th, at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, (460 Portage Ave), Rainbow Resource Centre will announce our inaugural Drag Artists In Residence, marking a historic moment in our community's celebration of diversity and creativity. Prepare to be dazzled by the artistic prowess of our three shortlisted drag artists: Deb from Winnipeg, Dirt, and Ruby Chopstix. Each artist will engage the audience in a fireside chat, sharing their unique journeys and experiences. Following the discussions, an interactive Q&A session will provide attendees with the opportunity to connect with these fabulous performers. But the night doesn't stop there! Brace yourself for electrifying performances as each drag artist takes the stage, showcasing their talents and leaving you in awe, before we announce Rainbow’s first Drag Artist in Residence. Get your tickets now! https://rainbow.givevirtuous.org/Event/dair-showcase


3. Living Canvas Kiki Ball - Bal Kiki Arts Vivants

Bal Kiki Kiki Ball 1

Coming up on Saturday, January 27, at the Art Gallery CCFM (340 Provencher Boulevard), step into a vibrant realm of creativity and expression as our Kiki Ball, dedicated to the performing arts, comes to life. Each category in this exceptional evening is a dynamic canvas tied to an artistic movement, inviting participants to blend performance, fashion, and artistic passion in a unique and innovative celebration.

A venir le Samedi, 27 janvier, au le Galerie D’Art CCFM (340 Provencher Boulevard), e
ntrez dans un monde vibrant de créativité et d'expression alors que ce bal Kiki, dédié aux arts vivants, prend vie. Chaque catégorie de cette soirée exceptionnelle est une toile dynamique liée à un mouvement artistique, invitant nos participant.e.s à fusionner la performance, la mode et la passion artistique dans une célébration unique et innovante.

Tickets: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/balkikiartsvivants-livingcanvaskikiball/event/kikiball/


4. The launch of our new e-learning module.

E learning teaser

We know DEI strategies are critical for ensuring organizations are safe and attractive to 2SLGBTQ+ people; we also know that an inclusive workforce is safer and healthier for everyone. To meet the growing demand for DEI workshops, Rainbow Resource Centre has partnered with Neovation to create an all-new way of learning. Coming March 2024, Rainbow’s new e-learning course, based on our classic DEI presentation, will be available barrier-free, in an asynchronous, self-directed format - perfect for delivering DEI training to large teams over long periods of time. Now, managers can include our DEI course in ongoing on-boarding and professional development, and even track the progress of employees. Sign up now to be among the first to know about this exciting new chapter of Rainbow's DEI learning: https://rainbowresourcecentre.org/elearning


5. If These Walls Could Talk continues!

Museum 2024

Last spring, Rainbow Resource Centre, in partnership with the Manitoba Museum, launched If These Walls Could Talk: 50 Years of 2SLGBTQ+ Activism in Winnipeg. The exhibit, told through posters and other multimedia materials, explores the history of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Winnipeg from 1970 until the 2010s. This period of activism after the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1969 covers campaigns such as the beginnings of the activist movement and first major protests (1970s), HIV/AIDS and the beginning of winning rights (1980s), marriage and adoption rights (1990s and 2000s), protection for gender diversity (2010s), and more. By the end of 2023, over 60,0000 people passed through the exhibit. Thanks to the positive feedback and success of the exhibit, the Manitoba Museum has asked that the exhibit stay all the way to the end of June 2024! That’s something to be proud of! Be sure to watch for special events at the Museum coming up in the new year: https://manitobamuseum.ca/

There’s a lot to look forward to in 2024, including a whole list of conferences, parties, and programming. We’re just getting started, so stay tuned.