Rainbow Family & Friends is a non-profit LGBT social and charitable organization located in The Villages, Florida.  Our goal is to provide activities, support, and charity to the community and all those interested in support, respect and a commitment to human rights equality for all.  Please join us at our next meeting or one of our family events.

Upcoming Events

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Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

March 17th, 2015 - ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY at Manatee Recreation Center.  Sponsored by Lynne McCarthy. 







The Power of Love in Action!
Members of the Rainbow Family & Friends Club presented a check for $2200 to Bob Bostic of Deliver The Difference for their Thanksgiving Food Program for families & children of the Tri-County area.

Celebrating Our 7th Anniversary

Dear Friends,
It's amazing to me how much the world has changed as we come up to the seventh anniversary of the Rainbow Family & Friends Club (RFFC) here in The Villages. When we started, there was little organization or visibility for the LGBT community & a great fear of being identified was common among many. 

But, over the years we have become increasingly more active within the larger community. And, much to our delight, we have been welcomed & supported with each step of the way! The LGBT population here has grown enormously, and while just a few short years ago we had more limited opportunities to come together, we now have so many options that our calendars remain filled to the brim on a regular basis. Just a partial list of the activities we enjoy include:

Bowling Leagues, Dance & Dinner Parties, Thursday Nights @ Bonifay, Golf Groups (almost every day of the week), a newly formed women's discussion group (Sappho’s Sisters), an MCC Church, in addition to several open & affirming congregations to join, Bocce on Saturday nights, periodic adventures to Tampa or Orlando for theater, dance lessons. And, the list expands!

At the heart of this growing & vibrant community is a spirit of adventure, pride in what we can now call our own, and most importantly, a willingness to step up as volunteers to ensure the success of a given activity.

Without a doubt, we owe a sweet debt of gratitude to all those who made our tee times on a weekly basis, volunteered at parties, or lifted bags of documents at our annual "Community Paper Shred.” Through the efforts of these volunteers we have not only enjoyed our lives here in The Villages immensely, but we have created enormous goodwill & respect with our "Power of Love Campaign" giving to date over $63,000 to a variety of social needs! We have stepped from the shadows & are becoming known for our social responsibility, our generous hearts, and for the contributing community that we have always been. We thank all of you for this support!

As we move forward it is important that we recognize that we are in the midst of a social revolution with at it's center our civil rights. Each of us needs to decide for ourselves our own comfort level with issues such as visibility & activism. Know that no matter what role we choose to assume, we are ambassadors for a worthy cause. Let's take this on with the dignity &pride that we have always deserved.

Special thanks goes out to all for your support of our activities and events. We will continue to bring quality entertainment to our community, to keep everyone informed on important issues via our website, & to to press forward with our community service through "The Power Of Love.”

Best regards,
Wendy & Peggy

Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out 
Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in an op-ed published in Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday. Cook wrote that he has been open with those close to him, but felt compelled to come out more publicly in order to help those who may be struggling to come to terms with their sexual identity. "America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant," Cook wrote.Bloomberg Businessweek (10/30), BBC (10/30), USA Today (10/30)

6 states to gain federal marriage recognition, Holder says 
Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in six states where bans on marriage equality were recently struck down. Same-sex couples in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now be extended federal benefits. The Idaho Statesman (Boise)/The Associated Press (10/25), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/25), Advocate.com(10/25), National Public Radio/The Two-Way blog (10/25)

Obama: U.S. Constitution supports marriage equality 
President Barack Obama recently told The New Yorker that he believes same-sex couples have a right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, a change from previous statements asserting that the issue should be left to the states. "Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states," Obama said.The New Yorker (free content) (10/27), The Huffington Post (10/20), Towleroad (10/20)

 Judge affirms marriage equality in Wyoming 
A federal judge on Friday ruled that state officials in Wyoming cannot block same-sex marriages after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Wyoming, ruled in favor of marriage equality. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced later the same day that the state would not appeal. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.) (10/17), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.)/The Associated Press (10/17), BuzzFeed (10/17)
Supreme Court declines to issue stay of Alaska marriage ruling 
The Supreme Court on Friday declined to issue a stay on a court ruling striking down Alaska's marriage equality ban. State officials had submitted a request for the stay to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who referred to request the entire court. A stay put in place by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals expired at 3 p.m. Friday, allowing same-sex couples in the state to wed immediately. SCOTUSblog (10/17), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (10/17), BuzzFeed (10/16)

Current Map, Court Cases, Legislation & Polling: Marriage Equality USA tracks all the current court cases, polls, and bills and initiatives on marriage equality across the USA. Link

Post DOMA Resources: Now that Section 3 of DOMA has been struck down by the US Supreme Court, MEUSA has pulled together a section of resources for same sex couples in a post-DOMA world. Link