We offer a variety of programming for all sorts of people, with a particular focus on youth. Our programming focuses on youth, 2SLGBTQIA+ issues/experiences, sexual health, and identity as a whole. All of our programming is 100% free, however we always appreciate donations. Don’t see it on the calendar? We might not be hosting that program this month! Keep up to date on what programs are available for the current month here.
If you would like to host a program at the Rainbow Centre that touches on one of our focus areas, please send us an email at email@example.com.
Bi+/Pan+ | Age: 13+
This group is for bi+, pan+, non-monosexual and questioning people to meet like-minded people and build a sense of community. Talk about coming out, being out, social networking and more. The group meets at the Rainbow Centre, and people of all genders are welcome. This program is run by Johanna and happens every other Monday from 6pm to 8pm.
Body+ | Age: 15-30+
Join us for a monthly discussion and support group to talk about our bodies, and the relationships we have with our bodies. Topics might include fatness/fat body acceptance and liberation, social media, Western society and euro-centric beauty standards, mental health and our bodies, and more! This group is facilitated from a body-liberation perspective and celebrates ALL bodies. This space is facilitated, peer-supported and does not tolerate any body shaming whatsoever. This program is run by Cait and happens every other Thursday from 6pm to 8pm.
Chill & Chat | Age: 12-19
Grab your favourite mug of tea and a snack, because we’re chilling and chatting at the Rainbow Centre! This space is to hang out, watch Netflix, work on art and, most importantly, chat! Remember that allies are welcome too! We want everyone to feel safe and supported when they’re here. This program is run by Lindsay and happens every Wednesday and Friday from 4pm to 6pm.
Gender+ Mini | Age: 13 and Under
Gender+ Mini is a supportive environment / playspace for children in the community who are trans, two-spirit and/or whose gender lies outside the binary. This includes, but is not limited to, genderfluid, genderqueer, non-binary, transgender, agender and bigender. This group also welcomes those who are questioning their gender. This group meets every other Tuesday at the Rainbow Centre from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
Gender+ | Age: 14-30
Gender+ is a support group that welcomes people in the community who are trans, two-spirit and/or whose gender lies outside the binary. This includes, but is not limited to, genderfluid, genderqueer, non-binary, transgender, agender and bigender. This group also welcomes those who are questioning their gender. At this time the group is a closed group, meaning that those who are allies to the trans and gender nonconforming community must seek permission to attend as support for a trans or gender nonconforming person, but cannot attend alone simply to seek to better inform themselves – there are workshops each month that are held to educate the public on the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and we encourage you to seek out those opportunities instead. This group meets every other Tuesday at the Rainbow Centre from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. If you’re interested in attending the group and have any questions, please give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homework Club | Age: 12-30
This space is for working on homework and other projects. Seek advice and support for your homework, listen to a good playlist, and get your work done! Karen is our lead volunteer during this program until the end of June.
Little Rainbows | Age: Under 8
Join us for a free playgroup for babies, toddlers, and little ones under 8! Little Rainbows currently takes place every Sunday from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Multiplex Gym.This is a space for families looking to raise children who are inclusive of all identities and meeting similar families. If you are a 2SLGBTQIA+ family or are interested in identifying you and your family as an ally to 2SLGBTQIA+ families, please consider coming! This group is currently facilitated by Lane MacIntosh, Early Childhood Educator.
This program is facilitated by mental health professional-in-training Kirstin Prescott. This group focuses on a variety of topics such as depression, anxiety, coping skills, grounding techniques, healthy relationships, family dynamics and communication styles.
Open Studio | Age: 12-30+
This program is an open space for young artists to work on their art! Bring your own art/creative supplies or use the many mediums we have available at the Rainbow Youth Centre.
Parenting in Full Colour
Parenting in Full Colour is a supportive space for parents of 2SLGBTQIA+ youth to debrief, discuss and learn how to better support their children. This program is currently being hosted on Zoom with Lindsay. To receive the Zoom information, please send an email to email@example.com.
Partnered Queer | Age: 18-30+
Partnered Queer is a space for straight and/or cisgender (non-trans) folks dating 2SLGBTQIA+ people to talk about how to better support their partners, any struggles they might have, or to meet other like-minded people. This group is facilitated by straight and/or cis people who are dating or have dated 2SLGBTQIA+ people. The group is meant to be a space to simply talk and learn. There’s no requirement for the group! This program is hosted sporadically so keep an eye out for when it’s on our calendar next.
Recreation Night | Age: 15-30+
Rec Night is a new program that’s all about recreation – in all kinds of forms! Whether it be soccer in the park, going for a hike, or many other activities, come hang out with us. We’re open to suggestions for activities or themes, so if there’s a sport you’d like to try or a cool outdoor activity you’ve thought of, DM us! We recommend checking our calendar of events to see what’s happening and when!
Sex+ | Age: 14+
Join us for an all-inclusive sex talk! Have all your questions answered about 2SLGBTQIA+ sex, relationships and other questions you might have. Our facilitators will also have other information on specific topics that have been identified as topics of interest – if you have something that you’d like to learn more about, let us know! This program is hosted sporadically so keep an eye out for when it’s on our calendar next.
Tea & Social | Age: 14+
Tea & Social is a space only for Indigenous folx who are two-spirit, Indigiqueer, and/or are questioning whether they are a part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Non-Indigenous folx are welcome to attend our other programs and can seek support from staff and volunteers if you are questioning your identity.