Welcome to the website of the Arlington, Massachusetts, LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission. 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. 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. Since March, 2020, the Commission has been meeting via Zoom. 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. Visit this page on the Arlington, MA town website for the latest information.

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.

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