Rainbow Family & Friends is a non-profit 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.
chc=sites&cht=d&chdp=sites&chl=%5B%5BText+gadget'%3D20'f%5Cv'a%5C%3D0'10'%3D499'0'dim'%5Cbox1'b%5CF6F6F6'fC%5CF6F6F6'eC%5C0'sk'%5C%5B%22Our+7th+Anniversay%22'%5D'a%5CV%5C%3D12'f%5C%5DV%5Cta%5C%3D10'%3D0'%3D500'%3D297'dim'%5C%3D10'%3D10'%3D500'%3D297'vdim'%5Cbox1'b%5Cva%5CF6F6F6'fC%5CC8C8C8'eC%5C'a%5C%5Do%5CLauto'f%5C&sig=GnPFfie5O3CCce_EXRdIUukBfWE" data-type="text" data-props="align:left;text:<div xmlns="http#58//www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" dir="ltr"><p>On Our 7th Anniversary<br />An Open Letter <br /><br />It's amazing to me how much the world has changed as we come up to the seventh anniversary of the Rainbow Family &#59 Friends Club (RFFC) here in The Villages. When we started, there was little organization or visibility for the LGBT community &#59 a great fear of being identified was common among many. <br /><br />But, over the years we have become increasingly more active within the larger community. And, much to our delight, we have been welcomed &#59 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#58 <br /><br />Bowling Leagues, Dance &#59 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 &#59 affirming congregations to join, Bocce on Saturday nights, periodic adventures to Tampa or Orlando for theater, dance lessons. And, the list expands! <br /><br />At the heart of this growing &#59 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. <br /><br /> <br /><br />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 &#59 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 &#59 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! <br /><br /> <br /><br />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 &#59 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 &#59pride that we have always deserved. <br /><br />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, &#59 to to pre<span style="font-size#58small">ss forward with our community service through "The Power Of Love.”</span></p><p><span style="font-size#58small">Best regards,</span></p><p><span style="font-size#58small">Wendy &#59 Peggy</span></p> </div>;title:Our 7th Anniversay;" width="500" height="300" style="display:block;text-align:left;margin-right:auto;"> In the LGBT News
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