The Rainbow Collective (RCSC) strategically chose June 28, 2022, marking the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall riots, to officially launch the Stonewall Resource Centre (SRC) at its facility on Darwin Avenue, Quatre Bornes.
Picture: Tanvi Ramtohul, CAEC Advocacy and Communications Officer
This U.S.-funded project aims to create a themed resource space for LGBTQIA+ people and supporters. A “safe space” where a range of activities will also be offered, including film screenings, readings and group discussions around LGBTQIA+ and human rights. The SRC is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
“This Stonewall Resource Center is not just a project for the Rainbow Collective. It’s a place for everyone. The Stonewall riots remind us of the courage of transgender people, and how they helped pave the way for recognition, visibility, equality and justice. This is exactly what the center is all about, helping LGBTQIA+ people and those around them feel safe while learning about the community,” said Jean Daniel Wong, Director of the ACCE.
“The first PRIDE was a riot – let’s never forget that.”
June 28, 1969 is a historic date within the LGBTQIA+ movement, as it marks the beginning of theStonewall Riots, commonly known as the Stonewall Uprising. These riots were the result of frustration amongLGBT+ people and unjust raids by the New York City Police Department on the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village, New York.
Tanvi Ramtohul, ACCE’s Advocacy and Communications Officer, said, “Through the establishment of this resource center, we hope to preserve the legacy of Stonewall that will inspire future generations and keep alive the milestones that advanced LGBTQIA+ equality and inclusion. We are grateful to those before us who paved the way for movements that celebrate sexual diversity. “The first PRIDE was a riot – let’s never forget it.