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About Us:

The Rainbow Nursing Interest Group (RNIG), an interest group of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, was co-founded by Jean Clipsham and Dianne Roedding in 2007.

RNIG values evidence-informed, inclusive, reflective, respectful, safe and supportive care and environments for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions.

RNIG envisions every space a positive space. 



To foster and advocate for nursing practice and environments that support people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions.



  • Challenging invisibility and silencing faced by LGBTT2SIQQAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Asexual and Ally) people

  • Facilitate evidence-informed nursing care that reflects the needs of LGBTT2SIQQAA clients

  • To advocate for LGBTT2SIQQA clients and provide resources, support and knowledge for registered nurses, their communities, and each other


The story behind our RNIG design:

  •  Lively, colourful: the rainbow represents pride; RN to represent Rainbow Nursing and can also be associated with Registered Nurse

  •  Overlapping pink/blue represents the continuum of gender roles and sexual orientation

  •  All the letters touching represents the idea of inclusion


Cost of interest group: $20 for RNs, free for RN undergrad students and the unemployed.


RNIG Co-Chairs:
Ruth Trinier
Johnathon Martin

RNIG Executive Team
Linda Holm - Financial 
Judy MacDonnell & Roya Haghiri-Vijeh - Policy and Political Action
Sarah Quinto & Priscilla Li - Communication
Akuah Frempong - Membership
[Vacant] - Student Liasion

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