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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 safe meeting place, primarily for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and asexual people, in 12 step programs for recovery from alcoholism, drugs or other addictive behaviours.

  • To attract the newcomer into 12 step recovery programs, and foster interest in fellowship and the program for recovery from alcoholism, drugs or other addictive behaviours.

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

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


  • 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

  • In September 2022 The Rainbow Recovery Club will celebrate its 20th anniversary!



Checklist for Groups utilising the Rainbow Room


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.

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


Should any person feel unwell, please stay at home

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