RAINBOW FAMILIES NEWS
When we announced the Pen Pal program two weeks ago, connecting kids with Rainbow Families US with kids with Rainbow Families Australia, we were overjoyed at the response. In a short time we've connected nearly 30 kids! For more info click HERE
The Board of Directors and Executive Director of Rainbow Families are delighted to announce our Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to Catherine Kelly at our upcoming Family Conference, May 22 & 23. Catherine devotes numerous volunteer hours by facilitating support groups, plus taking the lead on our massive endeavor to assess the needs of the LGBTQ+ people in the Washington DC area. You'll have an opportunity to meet Catherine at our Conference - please join us in congratulating her and thanking her for all she does.
The Rainbow Families Resource Directory has been updated! A benefit for Rainbow Families members, this is a vetted directory of LGBTQ+ affirming businesses & service providers. The directory is updated regularly as new listings are approved. More info here
We're delighted to announce the details for our 18th Rainbow Families Conference - May 22 & 23, 2021. As was the case with our 2020 Conference, this will be an entirely virtual event. While we will surely miss the chance to be together in person, last year's conference showed us the power of digital connection, and it was one of our best-attended conferences ever! This year will feature a truly virtual environment and added opportunities to make connections with one another. More info is on our homepage under '2021 Conference'. Registration opens soon!
With our new website seems a good time for a reminder - update your profile. Members, for example, should decide what information (if any) you want shared with other members in our Directory. For members with children, listing their name and birthday ensures they'll receive a birthday card each year (and verify we have your current address!). Rest assured, Rainbow Families will never sell or share member data.
Let's DO this! We are ALL going to need some post-pandemic family fun with our community. Dates for our 2022 getaway weekend are now set: January 7-9 - A perfect way to extend your holiday, and ring in the new year, with a great rate negotiated for Rainbow Families. Click for more info
Rainbow Families' mission states: We envision, and strive for, a nation where all LGBTQ+ families can legally, openly and safely live in full equality.
We are grateful for the swift action taken by President Biden, reversing previous discriminatory executive orders. Let's all hope the pendulum will quickly turn, giving all LGBTQ+ families the rights we deserve.
To our families & friends in Washington DC and across the nation, please be safe over the next several days. We can do this; everything we're enduring right now is taking us on that path to a more diverse, inclusive and equitable future. Take good care of one another.
In pride, Darren Paul-Vance, Executive Director
Welcome to the all-new Rainbow Families homepage. For some time, the look (and user experience) of our site needed improvement. We hope you enjoy the end result, and find it easier to navigate. Soon, you'll see HELP buttons with tips on how to manage your membership, view the member and provider directories, and more.
In December, Rainbow Families embarked on a program to support and lift up small businesses in the community - many of whom are struggling because of the pandemic. Our on-line Holiday Bazaar was new territory for sure - but enjoyed wonderful success, community engagement, and introduced thousands of new customers to these participating businesses. Additionally, the business owners then donated a percentage of the Bazaar sales back to Rainbow Families. Thank you to the businesses who joined, and to the people who supported them.