The Rainbow Optimists Club

Southwestern Ontario is dedicated to bettering the lives of rural LGBT2Q+ youth, their families and communities

The Rainbow Optimists Club

Pride Understanding is proud to be a partner and one of the builders of The Rainbow Optimist Club. Contact The Rainbow Optimists at:

The Rainbow Optimist Club

Drag Storytime:

  • Drag Storytime is offered in rural settings.  Local Drag performers sing songs and read stories which promote acceptance, inclusion and diversity.​

Creating a Safer Space for the LGBT2Q+ Communities:

  • The Rainbow Optimists delivers an original workshop called Creating a Safer Space for the LGBT2Q+ Communities.

Rainbow Speakers Panel:

  • The Rainbow Speaker Panel is offered in rural communities. It is designed with LGBT2Q+ teens in mind but all are invited.  The Rainbow Optimists want teens to be able to bring their families and friends.  It depicts people who live and work in their local community and identify as LGBT2Q+.

Other Community Involvement:

  • ​The Rainbow Optimists spearheaded the Strathroy Pride Committee to bring a Pride celebration to Middlesex County.  The Rainbow Optimists works with community partners in Elgin County to bring Pride Celebrations to Elgin County.  Lastly, the Rainbow Optimists are actively involved with Oxford County Pride and London Pride Festival.

These incentives will open doors, give support to rural LGBT2Q+ youth, educate the community, and will create opportunities for everyone to participate and to be included in their community.