Rainbow Nursing Interest Group (RNIG)

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.


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-Rainbow 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, NPs, CNSs;  – free for B.Sc.N. students.


RNIG - Rainbow Provincial President:
Paul-André Gauthier (he / him // il / lui)   Rainbow-RNIG@hotmail.com  or  pgauthier@rnao.ca

RNIG Executive Team (ENO):

  • President-Elect (2021-2022) – Shelley Evans (she / her).
  • Communications / Secretary – John Edwards (he / him). 
  • Finances – Linda Holm (she / her).
  • Policy and Political Action – Christopher Draenos (he / him).
  • Membership – Paul-André Gauthier (he / him // il / lui).
  • Workplace Liaison – Zev Bernstein ((he / him). 
  • Social Media – Ruth Trinier (they / them).
  • B.Sc.N. Student Liaison (2) – Kashka Ironside (she / her) & Kieran Thiara (he / him).

New information as of Sept. 2021:

  • RNAO - RNIG-Rainbow Position Statement
    -June 2021  link-here 

  • 2SLGBTQi + Best Practice Guideline. BPG. June 26, 2021. Info-here

  • BPG – June 2021 -  Available here. Free PDF version.

  • RNAO & RNIG-Rainbow nursing. Launching the 2SLGBTQi+ Saturday, June 26, 2021. Best Practice Guideline - BPG   —> YouTube link


  • the Annual Report - 2019-2020 & 2021  here
  • the list of Executive members for 2021-2022 here

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Last updated: Sept.23, 2021

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