Place of Pride
The Place of Pride campus brings housing, community space and programming together in a new building, revitalized historic Wilson House, and a glass bridge connecting the two.
It’s time for Winnipeg’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities to have their own, permanent home. A space for everyone, at every age and stage of life.
When Winnipeg’s Rainbow Resource Centre was established 50 years ago, 2SLGBTQ+ Manitobans were on the frontlines, fighting for their most basic rights and equal opportunities.
Since then, the 2SLGBTQ+ community has experienced many changes, challenges, grief, milestones, and celebrations of queer & trans joy. As Canada’s longest serving, continually running 2SLGBTQ+ centre, Rainbow has shared that journey, growing, and evolving to meet the community’s needs.
One thing hasn’t changed over the last 50 years…the community’s need for a space that is ours.
Now, guided by community, Rainbow and Westminster Housing Society are establishing the Place of Pride - a queer campus where folks can continue to access judgement-free supports as well as drop by, feel at home, have a coffee and connect with community. And the Place of Pride will provide 21 new, deeply affordable housing units for 2SLGBTQ+ older adults.
More than 270,000 adult Manitobans are either 2SLGBTQ+ or have an immediate family member that is part of the community—establishing a centralized, dedicated community hub is critical.
A Place to Belong
Each one of us needs to feel like we belong. The Place of Pride will be that place.
The $20-million Place of Pride will be a new kind of space—the first of its kind in our country. It will be a holistic 2SLGBTQ+ centre where people can connect with community and find the resources they need—all in one bold, proud new campus on Broadway.
The Place of Pride will create:
- Canada's first affordable housing exclusively for 2SLGBTQ+ older adults, with direct access to supports, resources and social connections (in partnership with Westminster Housing Society)
- A community centre to just drop by for a coffee or meet friends
- A cultural space, with exhibitions, events and programs for people of all ages and identities
- A café where all are welcome
- More spaces for individuals and families to access the supports they need
- A community kitchen where folks of all ages and at all stages of life can share a meal together
- Beautiful new meeting spaces for community groups
- A park-like setting for the general community to enjoy, with an Indigenous Permaculture Garden.
After 50 years of nurturing spaces where our communities can thrive, this will be A Place of Pride where services, activism and community come together for the next 50 years.
Together, we can build a Place of Pride.
Place of Pride project was started with $5 million from the federal Rapid Housing Initiative to build the new, affordable housing complex for 2SLGBTQ+ older adults.
The Province of Manitoba has committed $3 million to support housing and the new cultural space.
Your support will complete the long-overdue Place of Pride—a place 2SLGBTQ+ people and communities can call our own, feel at home and thrive.
Created by Community, For Community
For more information on this transformational project, or to learn about options for major gifts and onsite recognition, please contact:
Executive Director, Rainbow Resource Centre
204-474-0212 ext 208
I will support a Place of Pride today!
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