Place of Pride

Each one of us needs to feel like we belong—for 2SLBGTQ+ people in Winnipeg, Rainbow’s new Place of Pride campus will be that place.

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Rainbow Resource Centre, Canada’s longest running 2SLGBTQ+ centre is building a unique campus—the first of its kind in our country.

“It’s such a relief to be in a space where I know I’m always accepted.”

“Coming to Rainbow is coming home to family.”

“Rainbow literally saved my life.”

Creating a 2SLGBTQ+ Campus - For Older Adults, For Youth, and For Everyone in Our Community

Rainbow Resource Centre has been a hub of support and community for 2SLBGTQ+ people in Winnipeg for 50 years.

There’s been a lot of progress during that time, but there is still a huge need for a space where 2SLBGTQ+ folk can just drop-in, gather with others, and find a sense of belonging.

There’s also a high and steadily-growing demand for affordable housing dedicated to 2SLBGTQ+ older adults—somewhere they will feel safe, supported and surrounded by community.

Now, after 50 years, Winnipeg’s 2SLGBTQ+ community will soon have its own home at last—a place for everyone, at every age and stage of life.

A Place to Belong

The $22-million Place of Pride initiative will create a new kind of space—a holistic 2SLGBTQ+ campus where people can feel at home, hang out with friends, connect with community, and find the resources they need—all in one bold, proud new campus on Broadway.

And, in a first-of-its-kind partnership between Rainbow and Westminster Housing Society, the Place of Pride will build 21 new, deeply affordable housing units for 2SLGBTQ+ older adults.

The Place of Pride will have:

  • Purpose-built rooms where more 2SLGBTQ+ folks of all ages can access expanded and new services and programs, including physical and mental health services
  • Spaces where more families can find the supports and community they need
  • Cultural areas — a library and art exhibition space — where people can celebrate the community and its history
  • New, deeply affordable apartments for older adults
  • Community spaces for people of all ages and identities to engage in art and other activities
  • Welcoming spaces that the greater community can enjoy, including a café and a park-like setting with an Indigenous Permaculture Garden

Together, we can build a Place of Pride.

The Place of Pride project will begin in late 2022, with a $5 million commitment in place from the federal Rapid Housing Initiative.

With your support, by 2024, a Place of Pride will be a vibrant addition to the historic West Broadway Community.

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Created by Community, For Community

Rainbow Resource Centre was established 50 years ago, when courageous, determined 2SLGBTQ+ Manitobans were on the frontlines, fighting for their most basic rights and equal opportunities. Those early fighters- those heroes—made it possible for 2SLGBTQ+ people to survive and start building a foundation of service, space and advocacy for a better future.

Now, working together once again, we can create a long-overdue Place of Pride—a place where 2SLGBTQ+ people and communities can call their own, and feel at home and thrive.

For more information on this transformation, or to learn about options for major gifts and onsite recognition, please contact:

Noreen Mian
Executive Director, Rainbow Resource Centre
204-474-0212 ext 208

I will support a Place of Pride today!

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