Welcome to Rainbow Cafe, a SAFE SPACE social/support group for high school age gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in Southern Illinois. We also welcome those youth questioning their orientation and ally friends.


Rainbow Cafe meets every Friday evening from 7 – 10 PM at Giant City Plaza 1320 S Giant City Road, Suite F , Carbondale, IL (left side of building, look for the sign in the window)


For more information: Call 815-408-6963


Write to:

Rainbow Cafe

P.O. Box 2

Carbondale, IL 62903-002


Or e-mail us at info@rainbowcafe.org


If you need immediate help or are thinking of hurting yourself,

call The Trevor Project toll-free at 1-866-488-7386.


If you would like to donate to Rainbow Cafe, click here. You can donate a single amount, or make a recurring monthly donation!




Mission Statement

The mission of Rainbow Cafe is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/gender expansive, queer, intersex, asexual, or questioning their orientation and/or gender identity, and their friends, by creating a space in which they are affirmed and offered non-judgmental support and access to personal, community, spiritual, and health resources.


Why A Youth Group?

The Rainbow Cafe is sponsored by two Carbondale religious communities: Church of the Good Shepherd,, and the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship. Youth from throughout southern Illinois have contacted these congregations seeking answers, guidance, and acceptance concerning their sexual orientation. Youth were also searching for a safe place to meet, talk, and have social activities.