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.

Apply to Join the Commission

The LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission seeks to fill up to 4 vacancies in early 2020 (3 to be filled by the Town Manager with Select Board approval and 1 by the School Committee). Deadline for the current round of applications is March 2, 2020. Please see the Rainbow Commission Application Flyer for more details.

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

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.

*Feb 20: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Cutter Gallery, lower level, rear door (by the parking lot), 611 Mass Ave. *Note location change*

February 26th: QBG Reads – Has The Gay Movement Failed? 7pm, the Robbins Library’s 4th Floor Conference Room. Co-sponsored by Robbins Library and Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/181999986228744/

February 27th: Reel Queer Watches Rafiki, 6:30pm, Robbins Library’s Downstairs Community Room. Co-sponsored by Robbins Library, Arlington Council on Aging, and Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/798221710643705/

Feb. 27: LGBTQIA+ initiatives in Arlington Public Schools, 6:30pm, Cutter Gallery, lower level, rear door (by the parking lot), 611 Mass Ave. This meeting will be an informal discussion among APS faculty and staff and an opportunity for resource-sharing. Rainbow Commissioners will be in attendance. Open to all.

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

Apr 16: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

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

Jun 7: Porchfest Rainbow Commission stage, Time TBD, Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St, Arlington, MA

Jun 11: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Jun 20: Arlington’s 3rd annual PRIDE Picnic, Whittemore-Robbins House garden, 670R Mass Ave.

Jul 16: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Aug 20: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

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.

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

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