If You're Not Living Too Well ​​​​With Drugs, Alcohol or Other Compulsive Behaviour, You May Live Better Without Them.

​Rainbow Recovery


Rainbow Recovery Club Inc. is a Community Association that has maintained the Rainbow Recovery Room since 2002.  The Rainbow Recovery Room hosts a range of 12-steps fellowships for Sydney's GLBTQI community.  


Check out the Meetings page for the dates and times of all the meetings.  If you're interested in attending a meeting, just show up! 



The objectives of the Rainbow Recovery Club are:

  • To provide a meeting place - primarily for gay, lesbian and transgender people - in 12-step programs for recovery from alcoholism, drug and other compulsive behaviours.


  • To attract the newcomer into 12-step recovery programs, and foster interest in fellowship and the program for recovery from addiction and other compulsive behaviours.

  • To provide facilities for meetings, conferences and communications between groups and service organisations of 12-step programs.


  • To foster an increase in the variety and timing of 12-step recovery meetings available to the gay, lesbian and transgender communities of Sydney.


  • To cooperate with other organisations with similar objectives as determined by the association.



  • The Rainbow Recovery Room opened in September 2002.​

  • At that time there was only 3 GLBT AA meetings per week in Sydney.​​

  • ​There are now over 14 GLBT AA meetings per week in Sydney.​

  • The first GLBT recovery float in the Mardi Gras parade was in 1987 under the banner of SCRAAGL (Social Committee of Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts - Gay & Lesbian).​

  • In 1993, the float was renamed Living Clean & Sober.​

  • The Living Clean & Sober float merged with Rainbow Recovery Club in 2005.​

  • The Living Clean & Sober float is still part of the Mardi Gras parade today.

  • In May 2018, after 15 years in Surry Hills we moved to our current location in Ultimo

Checklist for Groups utilising the Rainbow Room



Exclude anyone who is unwell from the premises. Ensure conditions of entry are on display.

Capacity must not exceed listed number people in the room. Once the capacity has been reached, any arrivals must be politely refused entry.


Meetings are becoming more popular & the maximum occupancy is being reached at a lot of meetings, we urge all members to arrive earlier than they usually would to secure a seat.

Groups should have a plan in place on how to best manage    members who arrive after the maximum for the room has been reached, some methods used by other meetings are e.g. an OSM leaving with the person/giving up their seat if they are a newcomer, or going to another location for another meeting if more than one.

Point out & adhere to signage to communicate the maximum safe capacity and the required hygiene practices.

Promote physical distancing, ensuring people maintain 1.5 metres distance at all times.

Check that the toilets are stocked with hand soap and paper towels.

Ensure hand sanitiser is available near the entrance to the room.

Designated member of the group to be responsible for wiping down frequently used areas using disinfectant and wearing gloves.

Each person is responsible for wiping down their own chair before sitting and at the conclusion of the meeting.

Groups secretaries to keep a record of name and mobile number or email address for all meeting attendees for a period of at least 28 days. Store confidentially and securely. 

Ensure the kitchen is not used and no food or beverages served.

Rainbow Recovery Club Room provides free hand sanitiser, face masks, hand soap, disinfectant wipes along with tissues & antibacterial sprays.


However should any person feel unwell, please stay at home, Zoom meetings are continuing & their listings Zoom meeting listing page of the website.