About rainbowR

rainbowR is a community that supports, promotes and connects LGBTQ+ people who code in the R language.

Not every work or social environment is safe or supportive for LGBTQ+ people, so the need to have a dedicated community continues.

We use LGBTQ+ people as a term to cover

  • those who identify as being a minority sexual orientation, i.e. those who are not straight/heterosexual

  • those who are not cisgender, i.e. those whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex

To our straight, cis friends: we very much appreciate your allyship and your support of rainbowR, e.g. by sharing our information and posts on social media and by telling your friends and colleagues about us.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support, promote and connect LGBTQ+ people in the R community and to and spread awareness of LGBTQ+ issues through data-driven activism.


If you want to join our Slack, please fill in the sign-up form for an invitation. Please note that this group is for LGBTQ+ people.

We welcome everyone, LGBTQ+ or not, who is interested in promoting LGBTQ+ people and issues in the R community and beyond, to follow and engage with us on Mastodon, tech.lgbt/@rainbowR.


We partner with fellow R diversity and inclusion-orientated groups such as R Forwards and R Ladies.

Meet the team!

Ella Kaye (She/Her), community co-founder and co-lead: website, mastodon, GitHub

Hanne Oberman (She/Her, They/Them), community co-lead: website, mastodon, GitHub

Daniel D. Sjoberg (He/Him) website, mastodon, GitHub

Previous team members

Zane Dax (She/They), community co-lead: website, GitHub

Ben Ulloa Ortiz, community co-founder

Erin LeDell, community co-founder