Website Refresh!

We’re aware it’s been a while since the website has been updated – we’re currently undergoing a bit of a refresh – please bear with us. In the meantime check out our very active Facebook Page.

Living history project

Great news!

We have received a grant of £3000 from the Rainbow Fund to conduct a living history project that explores and preserves the history of LGBTQ families across the South East, encompassing research into changing attitudes, case studies, photographs and personal reflections. The research will reflect on how wider social and legislative changes have impacted on LGBTQ family life and the cultural shift towards LGBTQ parenting, giving insights into how our community has changed over the last twenty years.

The vision is that the completed project will be presented as an exhibition of photographs, text and possibly some video and voice recordings which will bring to life the voices and experiences of individual members over the past 20 years against a backdrop of wider social and legislative change. This will be launched at a 20th birthday celebration event for Rainbow Families in Feb 2016 to coincide with LGBTQ history month.

Do you have a story that you would like to share as part of this exciting project?

Then contact

Rainbow Families single / lone parents drinks

The Rainbow Families single / lone parents ( and friends ) drinks and social evening was a huge success with old and new faces alike. The evening was organised by Karen Bruce who did a great job in enticing so many to the Marlborough pub in Brighton last Saturday and so a big thanks to Karen for that. The evening started quite small and as it progressed more arrived to show off their skills in drinking and banter. As rowdy as it sounds, these socials are a great way for our Rainbow Family members to meet others from the group and widen friendships and support, not forgetting of course having a well needed night out! The next social will be organised soon and posted on the Website and Facebook page alike, so if anyone fancies a night out then make sure to put the date in your diary and come along!

Need any more information on any events? Email:

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Skateboarding 7+ kids hit the decks

We’re pleased to report that 14 of our 7+ kids had fun carving up Brighton Youth Centre during a one hour skateboarding session in early November. The kids got to show their moves in an indoor purpose built skate park and energetic tutor Mario showed the children the basics and a few gnarly moves. The kids had a great time and a few mums were even spotted having a go (never?)!

Keep your eyes on Facebook for more events for older kids.  In the meantime we hope you like these photos from the session.

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Did you enjoy our Hove Lagoon picnic?

Yep?! Great, because we definitely did.

But if you weren’t there at Hove Lagoon on June 8th for the Rainbow Families picnic, let me tell you, you missed a spectacular array of blankets, scooters and hats – not to mention families. There were about 15 families in total who joined us by the lagoon for a sarnie or two and a maybe a bag of Wotsits. And wasn’t it a scorcher?

The kids enjoyed the play area and a few games, while parents had a chance to catch up and enjoy the sunshine. Definitely one to repeat next year.

Hove lagoon

Thanks to the committee for organising the day and to those who went along and made it such a memorable one!

We’ve loads more activities lined up for the summer and beyond, including rounders (back by popular demand – although this definitely could turn into a grudge match…), a camping weekend, a variety of adult socials and we’ve got something pretty special planned for Brighton Pride. We can’t wait. Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for more details…

Adult social in March – Funny Girls! Brighton

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Get out your TENA ladies and gents as the next Rainbow Families Adult Social will be… drum roll… a visit to see Funny Girls Brighton on Friday 21st March, 2014 at the Caroline of Brunswick in Brighton.
Funny Girls! is a monthly all-girl comedy – hosted by musical maestro Hannah Brackenbury (‘Brighton’s answer to Victoria Wood’) and with improvised comedy from resident impro group The Short & Girlie Show!
Each month the girls are joined by special guest female stand-ups from Brighton’s vibrant comedy circuit… so expect a night of music, madness and girlie giggles!! (Two of the team are regular RF attendees, Kate & Ali.)
When and where: Upstairs at the Caroline of Brunswick, The Level/Ditching Road, BN1 4SB. Doors open 7.45pm / Show starts 8.15pm.

Entry: £4 entry for Rainbow Families members and friends.

How to book: Organisers will reserve a section for us so please email to confirm your attendance.