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Rainbow Families

Rainbow Families

A Rainbow Family is a same-sex or LGBTIQ parented family. At Rainbow Families, we define a Rainbow Family as: any lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex person who has a child or children; or is planning on having a child or children by way of donor insemination (known or unknown), surrogacy (altruistic or commercial), foster care, foster to adoption, adoption (domestic or international), opposite­ sex relationship, co-parenting or other means.

Rainbow Families is a 100% volunteer organisation, providing a network of support to children and families within the NSW LGBTIQ community. Rainbow Families is always seeking new members to join our vibrant community and volunteers to get involved with subcommittees or event support. The Rainbow Families community is an inclusive, welcoming and supportive group and we encourage current LGBTIQ parents or those thinking about parenting to join us as a member or volunteer.



Starting A Family? Join Rainbow Families for their Annual LGBTQ+ Specific Seminar, ‘Making Rainbow Families.’

Rainbow Families, a leading LGBTQ+ charity, is dedicated to connecting, supporting and empowering, LGBTQ+ parents at every stage of their journey. In support of this mission, Rainbow Families will host its annual ‘Making Rainbow Families Seminar’ on Saturday, May 25,… Continue Reading >

Rainbow Families: Navigating Parenthood in the LGBTQ+ Community.

Being Prepared: Feeling safe and being prepared for parenthood is important for LGBTQ+ people and couples. One way to achieve this is by seeking out supportive healthcare providers who are knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ issues. This includes finding LGBTQ+-friendly midwives, nurses,… Continue Reading >

Rainbow Families and Early Childhood Australia Collaborate to Champion Family Diversity

In a positive stride towards a more inclusive society, Rainbow Families and Early Childhood Australia (ECA) have joined forces to introduce an innovative, professional development opportunity. This initiative is set to equip early learning educators with the tools they need… Continue Reading >

Helping Kids to Stay Safe

A new initiative tailored for children living in Rainbow Families is keeping young people safe. Developed by Prosper (Project Australia) and Rainbow Families, the newly launched program helps young people to understand safety, develop protective behaviours and navigate complex issues, such as anti-LGBTQ+… Continue Reading >

The Challenges and Rewards of being a Gay Dad

By Jacqui Tomlins, as seen under Rainbow Families   Gay men are taking an increasingly active role in parenting through fostering, co-parenting and surrogacy. In recent years, the increased prevalence of out gay dads has helped raise awareness and drive… Continue Reading >

Religious Discrimination Submission

We have been working with Rainbow Families Queensland and Rainbow Families Victoria on a joint submission into the Religious Discrimination Bill. We do not support the Bills in their current form The 2nd exposure draft has not only failed to… Continue Reading >

Love (still) Makes A Family Report

Rainbow Families has launched a report into discrimination faced by LGBTIQ+ parented families when access Australian Government Services. This report is a follow-up to the 2017 Rainbow Families NSW report Love makes a family: A report into discrimination faced by… Continue Reading >

Reach Out Video

Original video can be seen under Rainbow Families   Check out this great video of Jesse from the Rainbow Families Youth Advisory Council. Jesse shares the best parts of living in a rainbow family, and some of the challenges of… Continue Reading >

Supporting LGBTIQ students and families

Since the de-funding of the Safe Schools Coalition initiative in NSW, there has been little in the way of support for teaching staff, students and their families struggling with ways to incorporate LGBTIQ awareness and inclusivity within their schools, which… Continue Reading >

Rainbow Families Postnatal Depression Resource

Rainbow Families received a grant from the WayAhead Foundation to conduct a parenting workshop on the issues of perinatal anxiety and depression, and develop a resource specifically for our community.   “ friends can look after you by being there,… Continue Reading >

Guide to raising resilient families

The strength and resiliency of our families rely on the strength and resiliency of our community. Rainbow Families empowers LGBTQI families by raising awareness, addressing discrimination and promoting acceptance of family diversity for lesbian mothers, gay dads and all Rainbow Families…. Continue Reading >

Early Years Support Guide

Rainbow Families Early Years Support Guide is the result of collaboration between Rainbow Families and writer, Jacqui Tomlins.  The Guide has been developed in response to ongoing requests for information from parents and caregivers and is part of Rainbow Families’… Continue Reading >

School Support Guide

Researched and written by Jacqui Tomlins Original Article can be seen on Rainbow Families    Rainbow Families School Support Guide is the result of collaboration between Rainbow Families and writer, Jacqui Tomlins.  The Guide has been developed in response to… Continue Reading >

Parental Preparedness When You Have a Disability

Kids don’t come home from the hospital with an instruction manual (how we wish they did!). But rest assured, all new parents get plenty of free advice—both solicited and unsolicited—from parents and non-parents alike. No two parents believe exactly the… Continue Reading >

Kiddipedia Welcomes Rainbow Families!

Equality by definition means “the state of being equal”. One way or another we all have struggled to be equal. Whether it’s at home, at school, at work, asking for equal attention, equal pay, equal understanding and or equal rights…. Continue Reading >



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