Welcome!

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.

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 by Sep 16: 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.

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Sep 14: Arlington Town Day BOOTH 76, 9:30 am – 3 pm, along Mass Ave in Arlington Center. Come say hi at the Rainbow Commission booth! Town Day takes place along Mass Ave between Pleasant St & Jason St. We’ll be at BOOTH 76, between the Robbins Library and First Parish UU. (See full map.) Please note this area of Mass Ave will be closed as well as access to Mass Ave from adjoining side streets. MBTA has rerouted its bus routes accordingly. Traffic delays are expected. Visitors are encouraged to walk to the event, if possible.

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Sep 14: Screening of “Stories of Intersex and Faith,” 12 pm, The Screening Room, 82 State St, Newburyport, MA. This documentary “has created transformational experiences for individual viewers, faith communities, and physicians. Five powerful stories, gently and beautifully told, create empathy for those born different from the majority, correct inaccurate understandings of human sex differences, and dissolve anxieties which plague conversations about sex and gender. “Stories of Intersex and Faith” will help viewers enter into more constructive conversations on one of the most divisive issues facing communities of faith and American society at large. More than this, it will save future children from what the United Nations has called “torture” and heal some of the deepest anxieties we all carry about ourselves.

Sep 15: Monthly Aces Social, 2 pm. See meetup.com/NewEnglandAces for more info.

Sep 17: Love Is Love: Then, Now & Forever, 4:30-6:30 pm, Belmont Council on Aging/Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street, Belmont, MA. This event for LGBTQ+ older adults & friends celebrates LGBTQ+ relationships through music & dancing. The Arlington Council on Aging & the Belmont Council on Aging are proud to bring you this opportunity to mingle and share your love stories. Dance to Will McMillan performing songs from some of our favorites, including Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Fields, the Gershwin Brothers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Lorenz Hart, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and Jule Styne. Free & open to all, but donations for refreshments appreciated. Wheelchair accessible. Call Marci at 781-316-3419 for more info.

Sep 17: History UnErased’s Intersections and Connections Curriculum, 12-1:30 pm, Massachusetts State House, Hearing room 437, Boston. This Constitution Day event offers an introduction to History UnErased’s Intersections and Connections Curriculum, the nation’s first and only LGBT+ inclusive U.S. history curriculum aligned with state and national standards. It contextualizes LGBT+ history and presents all students with a more complete story of America–and a more accurate reflection of “We, the people.” Sponsored by the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education.

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

Sep 21: Biversity Brunch, 11:30 am – 1 pm, Foundry, 255 Elm St, Somerville. This all-gender bi+ group brunches at Foundry in Davis Square the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Sep 21: Beacon Hill History Through the LGBTQ Lens: LGBTQ Walking Tour of Boston, 1-2:30 pm, Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge St, Boston. Join The History Project and Historic New England for a walking tour of LGBTQ history on Beacon Hill. Learn about historic LGBTQ civil and political rights organizations, protests, bar culture, and the lives of activists and boundary-pushers, including Prescott Townsend, Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields, and the Boston Bohemians. Tickets: $20. Advance tickets recommended. Call 617-994-5920 or buy online.

Sep 22: Apple picking with LexPride, 1-4 pm, Parlee Farms, 95 Farwell Rd, Tyngsboro, MA. Join the fun picking apples, eating cider donuts, visiting animals & enjoying a Fall day outdoors. Gender neutral restrooms available. Wheelchair accessible, though the terrain is uneven and covered with gravel or hay in some areas. RSVP to LexPrideMA@gmail.com so they know to look out for you at the farm. Rain date: Oct 5, 1-4pm.

Sep 25: QBG Does Game Night, 7-8:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave. This month Queer Book Group/Social is hosting game night. Join us for a night of fun & games (& good company). Bring your own board/card games or play ours. QBG reads great LGBTQ-themed books, both fiction and non-fiction, and hosts LGBTQ-themed social events. New members are welcome. Come make some new friends & expand your community! Cosponsored by the Robbins Library and Rainbow Commission.

Sep 30: Disability, Queerness, and Race: The Intersection of Identity, 7-9 pm, Gulu-Gulu Café, 247 Essex St, Salem. Join The Salem Disability Resource Center, nAGLY, and Gulu-Gulu Café for a presentation and community discussion led by Lydia X. Z. Brown about the intersectionality of disability, queerness and race. Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. Free, but registration requested.

Oct 2: Bisexual Social & Support Group (BLiSS), 7-9 pm, Boston Living Center, 29 Stanhope St, Boston. BLiSS meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month. All bi and bi-friendly people of all genders & orientations are welcome to attend. First Wednesday meetings are peer-facilitated discussion groups, sometimes with a pre-selected topic or presenter. Email bliss@biresource.net for more info.

Oct 10: Reel Queer watches “Lizzie,” 6:30pm, Robbins Library community room (downstairs), 700 Mass Ave. 2018 Sundance Film Festival nominee “Lizzie” stars Chloë Sevigny & Kristen Stewart. “In 1892 Lizzie Borden lives a quiet life in Massachusetts under the strict rules established by her father. Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in the live-in maid, Bridget, and friendship soon blossoms into a secret romance. But tension mounts in the Borden household, leading to a violent breaking point.” Rated R. Runtime 1h45min. Cosponsored by the Robbins Library, Council on Aging, and Rainbow Commission.

Oct 10: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-8:30pm, First Parish in Lexington. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

Oct 15: Identifying and Interrupting Unconscious Biases, 7-9pm, location TBA. This event will feature speakers, small group discussions, and full group analysis of strategies and actions we can take to recognize and address our unconscious biases. All are welcome! Sponsored by the Lexington Diversity Advisory Task Force and LexPride.

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

Oct 19: Biversity Brunch, 11:30am-1pm, Foundry, 255 Elm St, Somerville. This all-gender bi+ group brunches at Foundry in Davis Square the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Oct 19: Massachusetts National Period Day Rally, 3-5 pm, City Hall Plaza, Boston. Elevating the issue of period poverty and demanding real change to making period products more accessible for all and passing the “I AM” Bill in Massachusetts (S.1274/H.1959). This is an inclusive rally. All welcome whether you menstruate or not. Wear red! More info and actions you can take: https://www.facebook.com/events/466864063878477/

Oct 20: Monthly Aces Social, 2 pm. See meetup.com/NewEnglandAces for more info.

Oct 27: RALLY event honoring the women who founded iconic lesbian groups in the Boston area, 1-3pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St, Brookline, MA. First-person history followed by Q&A and light refreshments. MC: Arlington’s won Sue Katz. All are welcome. $10 suggested donation. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Suzanne at slaurelle@aol.com. Call 617-731-2867 if you have questions.

Oct 29: Including LGBTQ+ People in Sports, 7:15-8:30pm, Lexington High School, 251 Waltham St. Historically, sports and athletics have been hostile places for LGBTQ+ people, who sometimes avoid traditional school and community teams for this reason. Learn how including all kinds of people produces better experiences for all.

Nov 3: “White Fragility” Community Book Discussion, 2-4pm, The Depot, 13 Depot Sq, Lexington. Community discussion of the book “White Fragility,” with an aim toward overcoming our emotional barriers to become active anti-racists. Sponsored by the Lexington Community Coalition (which includes LexPride).

Nov 6: Bisexual Social & Support Group (BLiSS), 7-9 pm, Boston Living Center, 29 Stanhope St, Boston. BLiSS meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month. All bi and bi-friendly people of all genders & orientations are welcome to attend. First Wednesday meetings are peer-facilitated discussion groups, sometimes with a pre-selected topic or presenter. Email bliss@biresource.net for more info.

Nov 7: “White Fragility” Community Book Discussion, 9-11am, location TBA, Lexington. Community discussion of the book “White Fragility,” with an aim toward overcoming our emotional barriers to become active anti-racists. Sponsored by the Lexington Community Coalition (which includes LexPride).

Nov 14: SAGE Table intergenerational LGBTQIA+ meal & karaoke, 6:30 pm, Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St. Cosponsored by the Council on Aging and Rainbow Commission. Supported in part by a grant from the Boston Pride Community Fund.

Nov 14: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-8:30pm, First Parish in Lexington. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

Nov 16: Biversity Brunch, 11:30am-1pm, Foundry, 255 Elm St, Somerville. This all-gender bi+ group brunches at Foundry in Davis Square the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Nov 17: Transgender Day of Remembrance observance, 12-1:30pm, First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Rd. Each year LexPride hosts a Transgender Day of Remembrance event to honor the lives of transgender people killed in anti-transgender violence each year. In part due to this type of violence, transgender people have an average lifespan of just 35 years, and for transgender women of color it is just 31 years. Join us to learn in compassion about real lives lost too soon. Sponsored by LexPride and First Parish in Lexington.

Nov 17: Monthly Aces Social, 2 pm. See meetup.com/NewEnglandAces for more info.

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

Dec 4: Bisexual Social & Support Group (BLiSS), 7-9 pm, Boston Living Center, 29 Stanhope St, Boston. BLiSS meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month. All bi and bi-friendly people of all genders & orientations are welcome to attend. First Wednesday meetings are peer-facilitated discussion groups, sometimes with a pre-selected topic or presenter. Email bliss@biresource.net for more info.

Dec 7: Connecting and Collaborating Across Our Cultural/Identity Groups, 2:30-4:30pm, Lexington Community Center Dining Room, . This action-oriented community discussion will cover *Why we form our groups and how they benefit us and the community. *Challenges in connecting across groups. *What types of bridges/collaboration/strategies can help. *Actions we can take at the individual, neighborhood, business, municipal, and school district levels. *Turning action ideas into concrete action steps that we can commit to. Sponsored by the Lexington Diversity Advisory Task Force and LexPride.

Dec 12: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-8:30pm, First Parish in Lexington. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

Dec 15: Monthly Aces Social, 2 pm. See meetup.com/NewEnglandAces for more info.

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

Dec 21: Biversity Brunch, 11:30am-1pm, Foundry, 255 Elm St, Somerville. This all-gender bi+ group brunches at Foundry in Davis Square the 3rd Saturday of every month.

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

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