Transgender and LGBA Queer Organization engaged from the margins embraced in love, Rainbow Community Cares. A 501(c)(3) working with you for community health and wellbeing.
Report Violence: If you or someone you know is threatened or hurt because of their gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, we can help. Click here for more.
Celebrate in untraditional ways with ceremonies crafted to meet your individual expression of life passages and transitions.
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Coming Out Day invites the conversation across the country to be about recognizing self identification of gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation as being normal and healthy. As you most likely know, ‘Coming out’ requires ongoing actions of ‘being out.’ This is partly due to the dominant culture claiming the right to assume a heterosexual normative (an assumption that everyone is sexually attracted to the ‘opposite gender’ if you don’t say you’re not!). And another assumption is that a person’s ‘real’ gender is identified by how others perceive you. Our lives may be lived within this milieu of a range of censure and limited acceptance; however, our mind/body/spirit can and will thrive through fuller expression as we insist on living genuinely. In human compassion and lovingkindness, together we celebrate in action and speak truly as our authentic selves.
Rainbow Community Cares is celebrating two years of support and advocacy with Transgender, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning and Allies (LGBTQA). RCCares continues to work, ever striving to be present in the moments at the places where caring can meet the needs of the community. Read MORE.
We waited with anxious anticipation hoping for a step forward to equality and inclusion for Transgender and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Questioning folks . . . or at the very least not a step backward. But the Supreme Court decision will not dissuade our dreams. Read More.
June is traditionally Pride Month in much of the country and in many places around the world. RCCares got a jump on celebrating Pride with the huge street festival “Out! Raleigh: Family, Friends & Fun” on May 4. Read more here.
Spring, Passover, Easter, . . . however you celebrate a new dawn, a fresh start, and the movement into a full way of living begins today. In a timeless pattern, plants push up from the soil toward warmth and sunlight. Heart, soul and body follow similar, ancient rhythms recognized and renewed in a multitude of celebrations. Play, and perhaps prayer, encourages creativity and joy deep within us. Join the creative play of community sharing a meal, encouraging a neighbor, and enjoying the company of someone you love. Honor your knowledge of the possibilities. Envision creative collage with images that can be cut out from old pages and taped back together in new arrangements, queer visioning with glue and scissors. Figuratively or literally, join the recreation celebration at the LGBT Center of Raleigh.
I feel like communities are in a stream of energy from people like you and me who wish to cultivate open communications. The inclusion of LGBT people in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed into law on Mar 7 enables the discussion of the needs of transgender folks, their families and friends. This is an opening into the real life of the community in so many ways. Click to read more.
As part of the Campaign for Southern Equality’s We Do! campaign demonstrations across the South, Rainbow Community Cares supports inclusion and affirmation of the LGBTQ community in full legal recognition and equality in all public laws and policies. In these actions we are articulating what marriage means. We witness to and wish to celebrate what all people in love share in common. See us in action.
Read Jenna's thoughts from the road as she travels with the Campaign.
A statement of Appreciation for All That You Do
'A place in this world to go to remember' those transgender folk, Beloved Children, whom we have needlessly and painfully lost, and pray that we will learn to love all of God's children. www.transgenderdor.org
“As a minister on the edge to me queer theology is all about honoring the tremendous gift in the diversity of human expression. Our community needs to creatively celebrate what touches the deepest meaning in our lives.” - Rev Jenna Zirbel
"Anger - a passion of displeasure that may be excessive or misplaced but not necessarily harmful. Hatred - an emotional habit or attitude of mind in which aversion is coupled with ill-will. Anger, used, does not destroy. Hatred does." - Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider, p. 152
See the press release from RCCares about the alleged false imprisonment and assault of a NC man.
The times have changed.
The way we’ve always done it does not get the results it once got.
What is Love calling us to be in this new time and place?
Is it time to re-examine our practices to see if there are possibilities as yet untapped?
We wish to join with you in this exciting time in ministry.
"And this is a grave responsibility, projected from within each of us, not to settle for the convenient, the shoddy, the conventionally expected, nor the merely safe.” Audre Lorde, “Uses of the Erotic”, Sister Outsider, p.57