Rainbow Cafe’s mission is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth, their friends, and those questioning their orientation by creating a space where they are affirmed and offered non-judgmental support and access to personal, community, health, and spiritual resources.
Why A Youth Group?
The Rainbow Cafe is sponsored by two Carbondale religious communities: Church of the Good Shepherd, U.C.C., 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.