About Billings Rainbow Coffeehouse

The mission of the Rainbow Coffee House is to build resilience in LGBTQ+ youth through healthy peer relationships, empowerment, leadership development, education, community outreach and advocacy..

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

About Rainbow Coffeehouse

The Rainbow Coffeehouse is a safe space and time every Thursday evening for High School Aged LGBTQ students to gather, drink coffee (or tea), eat snacks, and connect with community.

Thursdays 5:30 - 7:30pm at Grace UMC
Soft Launch Trials Jan 21, 2016
Official Hard Launch January 28, 2016


In many ways the Rainbow Coffeehouse is an extension of High School Gay Straight Alliance's (GSA). Our purposes extend their purposes in a safe off campus environment.

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A safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia.

There are three typical functions of a GSA club: Support, Social, and Activist.

GSAs Provide Support

Many GSAs function as a support group and provide safety and confidentiality to students who are struggling with their identity as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning or those who are experiencing harassment at school because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. These groups often provide one of the few safe spaces for students to express themselves.

GSAs Build Community

GSAs are also social groups. They provide a sense of community and a space for LGBT+ and straight ally youth to build a social network where their identity is respected. Lots of GSAs organize barbeques or movie nights, organize field trips to a local LGBT+ prom or an LGBT+ pride parade, and attend conferences together. GSAs are a great way to build community at your school and lessen the isolation that LGBT+ students might otherwise experience.

GSAs Take Action to Create Change

In addition to support, some GSAs work on educating themselves and the broader school community about sexual orientation and gender identity issues. They may bring in outside speakers to cover a particular topic such as LGBT+ history. They may organize a "Pride Week" or "LGBT+ Awareness Events" and offer a series of educational workshops, panels, and pride celebrations.

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