Rainbow Nursing Interest Group (RNIG)

About Us:

Cost of interest group: $20 for RNs, NPs, CNSs;  &  free for B.Sc.N. students.

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RNIG - Provincial President:

  • Shelley Evans (she / her).


RNIG Executive Team (ENO):

  • President-Elect - Sarah Thornley (she / her )
  • Past-President - Paul-André Gauthier (he / him // il / lui).
  • Policy and Political Action – Roya Haghiri-Vijeh (she / her).
  • Communications - Elizabeth Straus  (she / her / they / them )
  • Secretary – John Edwards (he / him).
  • Finances – Linda Holm (she / her).
  • Membership – Sarah Thornley (she / her )
  • Social Media – Paul-André Gauthier (he / him // il / lui).
  • Workplace Liaison – Kieran Thiara (he / him).
  • B.Sc.N. Student Liaison  – Alex Jackowski (she / her).


RNIG - Annual General Meeting AGM

Saturday, August 12, 2023. 10:00 AM  - report  here


The Rainbow Nursing Interest Group (RNIG), an interest group of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, was founded 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.

Overall Goals:

  • to support the 2SLGBTQi+ community; 
  • to increase visibility of our association.


  • to challenge invisibility and silencing faced by 2SLGBTQi+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Asexual and Ally) people;

  • to facilitate evidence-informed nursing care that reflects the needs of 2SLGBTQi+ clients;

  • To advocate for 2SLGBTQi+ clients, significant others, friends, and family members, 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.


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Sunday, June 25, 2023.  Pride Parade Toronto.

Please, meet at the corner of Church and Charles Streets at 12:30 P.M. - there is a grassy area on the north side of the street that we will gather. We will walk over to the registration area at 1 PM (near Ted Rogers and Church Street).


2SLGBTQi+  Health Hub 

Applications must be received by Monday, May 15th to anna.penner@utoronto.ca as a single PDF file
named as follows: “2023_LastName(s)_FirstName(s)”.
Letters of Support must also be received by Monday, May 15th to anna.penner@utoronto.ca

see more information here 


Check the RNAO InFocus page

  2SLGBTQi+ community- June 2022…    here


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Last updated: July. 2023

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