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Project Title:
Rainbow Cafe
Initiative:
School Name:
Nelson McIntyre Collegiate
School board / First Nations school jurisdiction:
Louis Riel School Division
Project Theme:
Grade Level:
Subject Areas:
City:
Winnipeg
Province/Territory:
Manitoba
Community Partners:
We have requested support from the Rainbow Resource Centre here in Winnipeg. Our contact is Fiona Jackson, in charge of Youth Programming.

Rainbow Cafe

This project will raise awareness about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual/Transgender, and Queer (LGBTTQ) community and support Nelson McIntyre’s human diversity group that we call Rainbow Café. In it we connect students and staff, regardless of their sexuality, to create a neutral and safe environment in our school for everyone to go to.

Update (May-21-13)

It's been a busy year here at NMC for the Rainbow Cafe. Along with increasing our in-school profile with new members and a set of very cool poster frames that allow for quick changes to our posters and news items, we've made connections with GSA's from other schools.

We started with a movie evening (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and we invited other area schools. As well, we had a hot-dog sale to support Pink Shirt Day, and hosted two speakers.

Robb Nash presented here for the third year in a row, and we are selling the rubber wristbands that carry his message to support his campaign, especially since he does not charge for his shows. We are making Robb Nash T-shirts as well.

Rachel Ashley, a Manitoba Grade 12 student who sings and speaks about being bullied, presented an upbeat and proactive performance that mixes storytelling with singing. She tours nationally, and will soon be on everyone's radar as a speaker/singer.

We're planning our windup to look back at successes and plan for the future, especially since we'll have some members graduating.

Update (June-21-13)

We wrapped up the Rainbow Cafe year with a reflection and planning dinner at the Principal's home. We have accomplished much by getting the Rainbow Cafe firmly established at NMC, and have made plans to increase the group's profile next year with continuing publicity, more all-school events, and identifying the new leadership group for 2013-14.

Thank you, Imagineaction!