We want every child to have a vision of family
that includes their own.

Our Mission

Rainbow Rumpus creates stories that reflect the lives of kids and teens with LGBT parents. We are the world‘s only online literary magazine for kids and teens with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents. We help build a world where kids and teens with LGBT parents are safe, welcomed, and empowered.

Our History

In 2005, Laura Matanah’s daughter found a small photo in the Human Rights Campaign magazine Equality and exclaimed, “Look Mommy! Two moms and twins! Just like us!” A light bulb went off for Ms. Matanah, and Rainbow Rumpus was born.

Ms. Matanah quickly sought and received support from author advisory board members Marion Dane Bauer, Nancy Garden, Gregory Maguire, and Jacqueline Woodson, and recruited a group of editorial and web professionals who volunteered to produce the magazine. Rainbow Rumpus is now the most prolific publisher of fiction featuring LGBT-headed families.

Rainbow Rumpus won a Dot.Org award for “Awesome Audience Awareness” from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits in 2007. In 2008 the organization translated that awareness into an added section for teen readers, and received independent 501(c) status. In 2009, we responded to the requests of young readers and parents, launching a series of books for preschool and elementary aged children which can be downloaded directly from our site. In 2010 Rainbow Rumpus launched a new sister site for teens, Rainbow Riot.

In addition to the stories it publishes, Rainbow Rumpus also supports and provides editorial guidance to emerging writers. Authors and illustrators are paid for their work. This creates a market for stories and illustrations featuring LGBT-headed families.