Arlington Rainbow Commission

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Welcome to the website of the Arlington, Massachusetts, LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission (or just Rainbow Commission for short). Town Meeting established the Commission in 2017, and Commission meetings began in March 2018.

Apply to Join the Rainbow Commission

The Town of Arlington seeks to appoint 2 members to the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission, which was created by Town Meeting in 2017 and began in March 2018. The expanded Commission will consist of 8 members appointed by the Town Manager and approved by the Select Board, and 1 member appointed by the School Committee. The Rainbow Commission was created to promote equality-affirming policies regarding the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities, and to bring greater visibility and empowerment to the LGBTQIA+ population through education, advocacy, and collaboration with other Town agencies, schools, and community groups. The Commission also works to foster community and connection among Arlington’s LGBTQIA+ population, from youth to families and elders.

The Town works to have Commission membership be equitable and inclusive. All are welcome to apply. If you reside in the Town of Arlington, are 18 years or older, and are interested in becoming a member of the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission, please send your resume and letter of interest to: Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, 730 Mass Ave., Arlington, MA 02476 or townmanager@town.arlington.ma.us.

Town of Arlington Hiring DEI Coordinator

Arlington is hiring its first ever Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. The Town is committed to its goals of fostering a welcoming & inclusive community & this position will be central to achieving these goals. If interested, apply here: https://bit.ly/307qbIm

Local LGBTQIA+ Events

All meetings and events hosted by the Rainbow Commission (not cosponsorships) are open to the public and accessible. Please contact rainbow@town.arlington.ma.us if you need accommodations. We regret that we generally do not provide ASL interpretation or assistive listening devices. We need at least 2 weeks notice to line up an ASL interpreter.

Jul. 18: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Jul. 25: Bingo for a Cause, 6:30-8:30pm, The Residence at Five Corners, 678 Depot Street, North Easton. Enjoy beer/wine, a one-hour drag show, and one hour of bingo as part of this fundraiser for the LGBT Aging Project and the Alzheimers Association.
$20. Space is limited, register by July 22 at fcreception@residencefivecorners.com.

Jul. 25: Anjimile (performance), 7-8:30pm, Cary Library, 1874 Mass Ave, Lexington. Boston-based musician Anjimile was named an NPR Slingshot Artist to Watch in 2019. Their lyrics draw from their experiences as a queer and trans person of color, their difficult upbringing in Texas amid racism and homophobia, and ultimately, their growth as a person.

Jul. 31: QBG Paints Rainbow Rocks, 7 pm, Robbins Library, 4th floor Conference Room, 700 Mass Ave., Arlington. Join us for a crafty night of painting rainbow rocks! (They don’t have to be rainbow – paint whatever design you like!) We’ll have rocks & paint pens available on a first come, first served basis. Not into rocks or painting? Bring your own craft from home to work on or color in one of the coloring books we’ll provide! Sponsored by the Robbins Library. Cosponsored by the Rainbow Commission.

Aug. 8: Reel Queer Watches The Guys Next Door (with Director Discussion!), 6:30 pm, Robbins Library’s Community Room (downstairs), 700 Mass Ave. Join us for a screening of the documentary The Guys Next Door, directed by Amy Geller & Allie Humenuk. “Meet Erik and Sandro, a gay married couple whose friend Rachel is a surrogate for their two daughters. Rachel, who is in her 40s, is married to Tony and they have three children. Together, they form a unique extended family.” This film is unrated and has a runtime of 1h 14min. Join us for a discussion with the director following the screening! Sponsored by the Robbins Library. Cosponsored by the Council on Aging and the Rainbow Commission.

Aug. 8: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-9pm, First Parish in Lexington. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

Aug. 15: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Aug. 24: LexPride Day Trip to Provincetown, 8am-6pm, Long Wharf, Boston (near the Aquarium. Join LexPride on a trip out to Provincetown, known for its LGBTQ+ friendly culture, beaches, shows, art scene, and more. They plan to take the Boston Harbor Cruises ferry from Boston’s Long Wharf (near the Aquarium) to Provincetown’s MacMillan Wharf and back, with time to have fun during the day. The group will be on the 8:30am ferry to Provincetown (arrives 10am) and 4pm ferry back to Boston (arrives 5:30pm). Boston Harbor Cruises runs ferries several times during the day, so people can come and go at different times and meet LexPride in Provincetown any time. They will create an itinerary for the day, and you can join them for all or part of it as suits you.

Sep. 12: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-9pm, First Parish in Lexington. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

Sep. 19: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Oct. 10: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-9pm, First Parish in Lexington. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

Oct. 17: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Nov. 14: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-9pm, First Parish in Lexington. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

Nov. 21: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Dec. 12: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-9pm, First Parish in Lexington. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

Dec. 19: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Many of these events were copied from LexPride’s weekly newsletter. Go to lexpridema.org/contact to sign up.