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Important Announcements

Have you faced challenges finding or keeping housing in Arlington?

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and Town of Arlington are conducting three 1-hour virtual focus groups to support development of the Arlington Fair Housing Action Plan.

If you feel that you have faced challenges with housing in Arlington based on age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, having children, marital status, nationality, use of Section 8 or rental voucher, race/color, gender, veteran or active military status, or religion, please sign up by June 12 to participate in one of the following focus groups:
June 15, 6 p.m.
June 16, 2 p.m.
June 17, 10 a.m.

Participants will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Market Basket gift certificate.

Can’t attend at all, but still want to contribute? Call 617-933-0706 to provide your comments over the phone or email: cprieto@mapc.org.

Pride Banner Fundraiser

Our plans for an in-person Pride event in June unfortunately have to be cancelled, due to the pandemic. But there’s an alternate plan to celebrate Pride by creating some banners for the streetlights in Arlington Center. The cost for the banners are $350 each and we’d like to get 8 or more, for a minimum total cost of $2,800. As this is beyond the available budget of the Rainbow Commission, we’d like to ask for the help of community. Please consider sponsoring a banner for $350, or make a smaller donation of $200, $100, or other amount to go toward the banner fund. These will be used for years to come. Donors will be acknowledged on the Rainbow Commission website. Please note if you wish your donation to be anonymous.

To donate, please send check, payable to the Town of Arlington and in the memo line indicate “Rainbow Commission Pride Banner Donation” and send to:

Attn Jillian Harvey, Rainbow Commission
27 Maple Street
Arlington MA 02476

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, Commission meetings began the following March, and Arlington held its first Pride event in June 2018.

Who we are

The Rainbow Commission is a volunteer group of residents, appointed by the Town, to promote full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ individuals and groups through affirming policies and programs, resources, advocacy and community building. See rainbowarlington.org. The Town works to have Commission membership be equitable and inclusive. All are welcome to apply. Based on the Commission’s current makeup, we especially seek to add voices from underrepresented communities. Applicants who can bring experience and knowledge from communities not currently represented on the Commission would help the Commission better represent the wonderful diversity within Arlington’s LGBTQIA+ community. The Commission usually meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Robbins Library 4th floor conference room but see rainbowarlington.org/meeting-info to confirm.

If you reside in the Town of Arlington and 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 / townmanager@town.arlington.ma.us. Deadline: Screening of applications will begin in December. Positions will remain open until filled.
or
Karen Fitzgerald, School Committee Administrative Assistant, 869 Massachusetts Avenue, 6th Floor, Arlington, MA 02476 / kfitzgerald@arlington.k12.ma.us. Deadline: 4 p.m. on December 20, 2019.

Local LGBTQIA+ Events

Please see our recent newsletters for an up-to-date listing of upcoming 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.

Jun 9: Virtual Meeting – Reel Queer Netflix Party: The Half of It, Tuesday at 6:30pm. Email Rob at rlorino@minlib.net or Marci at MShapiro-Ide@town.arlington.ma.us and you will be sent the Netflix Party & Zoom links close to the time of the meeting.

Jun 18: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Virtual Meeting

Jun 20: Arlington’s 3rd annual PRIDEPicnic,  This event is unfortunately cancelled

Jun 24: Virtual Meeting – Queer Book Group Reads Little Fish, Wednesday at 6:30pm. Email Rob at rlorino@minlib.net and you will be sent the Zoom meeting link close to the time of the meeting.

Jul 16: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Virtual Meeting

Aug 20: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Virtual Meeting

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

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

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

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

Additional events can be found in LexPride‘s weekly newsletter. Go to lexpridema.org/contact to sign up.

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