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The Rainbow Resource Centre can trace its history back to the early 70’s. It began as a student group at the University of Manitoba, first known as the Campus Gay Club, with a name change in 1973 to Gays for Equality. A telephone information line, peer counselling service and a resource library on the University of Manitoba campus were a few of the first services offered. Gays for Equality went on to become a leader and an important resource for the gay and lesbian community, providing community services, education, outreach and political awareness and activism.
In 1988 the Winnipeg Gay/Lesbian Resource Centre was established as an independent organization at a new location. The Resource Centre was incorporated as a non-profit organization and applied for charitable tax status under the legal name of the Manitoba Institute on Society and Sexuality.
In 1999 the Winnipeg Gay/Lesbian Resource Centre changed its name to the Rainbow Resource Centre: Serving Manitoba’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Two-Spirited Communities. This change came about as a realization and response to be more inclusive to all members of the GLBTT communities.
In 2008 the Rainbow Resource Centre relocated to 170 Scott Street after 20 years in its Osborne Village location.