Who We Are

Historically, LGBTQ2+ members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the Federal Public Service were systemically discriminated against, harassed, and often fired as a matter of policy and sanctioned practice. The “LGBT Purge” took place in Canada from the 1950s to the mid-1990s and caused tremendous harm to LGBTQ2+ members.  In the course of the Purge, they were subject to persistent discriminatory, humiliating and injurious treatment, demeaning their dignity and infringing upon their basic human rights.  CAF members who were LGBTQ2+ (or perceived to be) were treated shamefully as if they had betrayed their country and were unfit to serve. (CFAO 19-20). They were expelled from an organization they deeply admired and treated as outcasts.

Rainbow Veterans of Canada (RVC)

The Rainbow Veterans of Canada (RVC) is a not-for-profit organization that was incorporated in 2019 and represents:

  • CAF Veteran LGBT Purge Survivors
  •  LGBTQ2+ personnel who joined the CAF during the time of the LGBT Purge but however as a result of the Government of Canada’s discriminatory policies and actions were terminated prior to obtaining sufficient service time to qualify as a veteran,
  • Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) veterans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-Spirit (LGBTQ2+)

What We Stand For

Vision Statement: A world in which LGBT Purge Survivors and CAF veterans who identify as LGBTQ2+ are given the recognition, respect, and support they justly deserve for their service to Canada

Mission Statement: Provide a supportive and safe space for CAF veterans impacted by the LGBT Purge along with other CAF veterans who identify as LGBTQ2+, whilst educating and advocating for the rights, benefits, and recognition our members deserve.

Values and Guiding PrinciplesRVC is committed to operating in an inclusive and supportive way in which we:

  • practice compassion, honesty while acknowledging the need for both individual and collective well-being
  • recognize and value equally our diverse voices
  • respect each other’s lived experiences, embrace comradery and offer support in times of need, and ensure the harsh lessons learned from the LGBT Purge are never forgotten

Our Beginnings (2019)

In 2019, the RVC’s focus is on establishing the organization, creating targeted education and advocacy opportunities, and providing information on gatherings to members.  The RVC Board successfully collaborated, internally and externally, to lay a solid foundation that will permit the organization to chart a future that will ultimately provide effective support, education, and advocacy for its members.  Several of the 2019 highlights are provided below:

  • Established ourselves as a non-profit organization both federally and provincially
  • Formalized our organizational framework, policies, procedures
  • Conducted a strategic visioning workshop

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