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RAINBOW RESOURCES

What is the Registrar of Rainbow Resources?

The Rainbow Resources Registrar is a list of all known Trans / Non Binary Resources in the traditional territories of First Nations that within the boundaries of BC and the Salish Sea. It includes:

  • Trans informed peer support groups
  • One on one community mentors
  • Trans informed medical services
  • Trans informed mental health services
  • Trans informed paramedical services (such as electrolysis)
  • Addiction and harm reduction services

You will find other retail services in the similar “Near 2 Queers” page

What are the Rainbow Ratings?

There are three Rainbow Ratings

None – This group or service has not been verified
One – This group or service is a co-op member
Two – This group or service is recommended by Rainbow Health Directors

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How did you come up with the estimates for trans populations?

This of course, is the million dollar question for our community.
There are a number of studies beginning with the (re-interpreted) Kinsey surveys of the 1950’s to a more recent (2012) Stanford study that peg the trans population from .3% (about 1 in 300) to 3% (3 in 100).
The low end is generally based on transsexuals – people who seek medical and mental health services, and the high end is a portion of the overall LGBTQ community pegged itself at 7%.

We have used a blended rate of .5% (1 in 200) across all cities with a high of .7% in the larger cities to .3% in the smaller towns, based on the assumption that adult trans people migrate to the urban areas. The largest city on the list is Vancouver BC, and the smallest town is Trail BC. Three Washington state towns in the central Salish Sea area have been included as they are part of the traditional territories of the Coast Salish First Nations.
Based on 2015 BC census figures, there are an estimated 24,128 transgender people in the 63 cities and towns listed, with another 790 living in all other areas combined. The number of gender non-conforming and trans would be higher.
Again using BC census figures on age groups:
3,489 of us are under the age of 14
6,852 are between 15 and 34
14,452 are 35 and older.

Totals 4,759,292 100% 0.5 24,918 3,489 6,852 14,452

How is this list determined and who maintains it?

This list is determined by self-registration.
Any group that meets the criteria can register.

The Rainbow Health Co-operative maintains this list as a community service.
This material is distributed under a Creative Commons 4.0 Share and Share Alike, Non-Commercial, Attribution.
Anyone can reproduce this list for non-commercial use, provided they note the source of the list.
This protects the list as a community owned asset.
Any and all organizations concerned with improving community health are encouraged to link to this list.

A spread sheet version of this list is available here and a pdf version is available here.

How do I register our group?

You can register a group by:

1- The simplest is to just add a comment at the bottom of the list with the group information.
We will follow up.
2- Complete the self-registration form found here. (docx version) or pdf version
Return form by email to groups@rainbowhealth.coop or mail to
Rainbow Health Co-operative
#107 – 1208 Wharf Street
Victoria, BC  V8W 3B9
3- Call Rainbow Health at (888) 241 -9992 and someone will help you register the group

Listed by City or Town

See Victoria for example of listing

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Trans Fem Sisterly Support RainbowOnly50 Monthly groups@rainbowhealth.coop
Trans Masc Drop In RainbowOnly50 Monthly groups@rainbowhealth.coop
The Other Support Group RainbowOnly50 Monthly groups@rainbowhealth.coop
Hans Kai 4 Trans – Victoria – Oak Bay HK4T 50 Monthly hanskai@rainbowhealth.coop
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Comox Valley Transgender Discussion Group

rozclicks@outlook.com
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Comox Valley Transgender Discussion Group

rozclicks@outlook.com
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Trans Fem Sisterly Support RainbowOnly50 Monthly TFSS@rainbowhealth.coop
Trans Masc Drop In RainbowOnly50 Monthly TMDI@rainbowhealth.coop
The Other Support Group RainbowOnly50 Monthly TOSG@rainbowhealth.coop
Hans Kai 4 Trans – Victoria – Oak Bay HK4T 50 Monthly HK4T-1@rainbowhealth.coop
Gender Variant Drop In Sponsored Monthly Unregistered
Queer Abilities Sponsored Monthly  Unregistered
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Trans Fem Sisterly Support RainbowOnly50 Monthly TFSS@rainbowhealth.coop
Trans Masc Drop In RainbowOnly50 Monthly TMDI@rainbowhealth.coop
The Other Support Group RainbowOnly50 Monthly TOSG@rainbowhealth.coop
Hans Kai 4 Trans – Town HK4T 50 Monthly HK4T-1@rainbowhealth.coop
Gender Variant Drop In Sponsored Monthly Unregistered
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