Rainbow House is based in Tyumen Oblast, a province in the Russian region of Siberia. It aims to unite and empower the LGBTI community through culture and art.
Tyumen actually has an LGBTI community center, but their activities mainly focus on advocacy and defending LGBTI rights. Although this work is of great importance given the circumstances in the country, less attention is paid to cultural and artistic expression of the local LGBTI community. Rainbow House firmly believes that art and culture can help dealing with issues like internalized homophobia and fear.
We fund Rainbow House so they can set up Studio-Rainbow, a safe space where a broad range of cultural activities will take place, such as acting classes and art courses, masterclasses in visual art and playing musical instruments, and monthly movie screenings.