A list of all the social and support groups for prospective families and current rainbow families.
Rainbow Families Email Group
We run (and moderate) an email-based discussion group for lesbians and gay men who are prospective or current parents, and their children. At the moment there are about 200 members.
How to join
- Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rainbowfamiliesvic
- Send an email to email@example.com.
Our facebook page
Gay Dads Australia
An Australian website that supports gay men who are planning on becoming parents and those gay men who are parents – gaydadsaustralia.com.au. Also provides active discussion lists and calendars for Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland groups which keeps state members informed of events and topical discussion.
Yahoo Discussion Group at
Prospective Lesbian Parents
A friendly and informal group for lesbians/same sex attracted women considering a range of parenting arangments including couples and sole parents. Meets once a month to hear from guest speakers and have general discussions about parenting. New people are welcome to come along any time. Meetings monthly during the year at the VAC, 6 Claremont St South Yarra. Contact the group for details of upcoming sessions and topics: firstname.lastname@example.org
A group for people who are considering forming a rainbow family. Monthly social gatherings are held, for dinner and conversation. Find out more on facebook.
Gay Dads Alliance
See our rainbow playgroups page
Know of another group that rainbow families should know about? Let us know.
Other organisations and websites
The Drummond Street Centre (Melbourne)
includes a range of programs for rainbow families, including family counselling, mediation, information and advocacy. Go to www.dsrc.org.au
Provides information, support and resources to families that include stepparents. Go to www.stepfamily.org.au
The Foster Care Association of Victoria
includes information, support and advocacy around fostering and permanent care. Go to www.fcav.org.au
Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Council for Single Mothers and their Children
Provides support, information and advocacy to single mothers, including a help line, publication and support and social groups. Go to www.csmc.org.au
Pink Parents is a group of prospective and established families and friends of South Australia’s same-sex community. pinkparents.ning.com
A website from the USA for children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s – www.colage.org
Family Equality Council
Based in the USA, works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families. www.familyequality.org
A website resource from the USA with books and info for GLBT community on the journey to parenthood http://www.rainbowconceptions.com/
Large online parenting community in Australia (not specifically for rainbow parents) – providing information and resources for conception, pregnancy, parenting. www.essentialbaby.com.au