The Rainbow Health Network (RHN) is a network of individuals committed to equity-based, community-based and anti-oppression values in promoting health and wellness for persons and communities of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
Health and wellness of people and communities of all gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as intersex people. This includes – and is not limited to – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersex, Two-Spirit, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Questioning people and our allies.
The Rainbow Health Network is a catalyst and a resource for activities promoting the health and wellness of people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, in Toronto and beyond*. We are committed to equity-based, community-based, anti-racism and anti-oppression values. We strive for representation of the full diversity of our communities and commit to building partnerships to achieve this goal. *As a volunteer network with limited resources, our activities are focused primarily in Toronto, and our advocacy and lobbying primarily in Ontario. However, since issues of sexual and gender diversity cross all boundaries, we are open to sharing information and support across provincial and national borders.
How We Define Health:
Being healthy is more than not being sick. It’s about feeling well – in your body, in your mind, and in your connections with other people. It’s about how well you can meet your needs, achieve your goals, and cope with the situation that you’re in.
All sorts of things can make it hard to be/get healthy: poverty, homelessness, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia…Sometimes these things overlap, which makes getting health care really difficult, or even impossible.
To be healthy, members of our communities must be treated with dignity and without prejudice. We must have healthcare and support services that we can access and that meet our needs.