Arlington Rainbow Commission

Photo of a long table decorated with a trans-pride flag, some handouts about coming out, Rainbow Commission business cards, a copy of the 2018 Pride Proclamation, and an assortment of pins with animals drawn on them in the colors of various sexual-identity and gender-identity pride flags

Welcome to the website of the Arlington, Massachusetts, LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission (or just Rainbow Commission for short). Town Meeting established the Commission in 2017. Commissioners were appointed early in 2018 and have met monthly since March.

Local LGBTQIA+ Events

All meetings and events hosted by the Rainbow Commission 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.

Nov. 7Cake and Community drop-in with the Rainbow Commission, 4:30-6:30 pm, Robbins Library 4th floor conference room. This election has been exhausting and emotional, and the best way to get through these trying time is to do it together. The Rainbow Commission invites you to join us the night after the election for a Cake and Community drop-in, where we can celebrate with and/or comfort each other and experience the support of being in community with each other … and have cake! Cosponsored by Robbins Library QBG. See the Facebook event. (Per Massachusetts state law we need to let you know that the neither the food nor the facilities have been inspected by the state or by a local public health agency.)

Nov. 8: SAGE Table, an LGBTQIA+ intergenerational FREE meal (with dessert!), 6:30 pm, Arlington Senior Center. SAGE Table asks you to share a meal with LGBT people and allies of different generations. As we build connections among LGBT people of all ages, we strengthen our community ties, learn more about how we can care for each other, and forge new traditions. Hosted by the Arlington Council on Aging and cosponsored by Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network (Queer Mystic) and the Rainbow Commission. RSVP by Nov. 5 to MShapiro-Ide@town.arlington.ma.us or 781-316-3400. Open to everyone and all ages. 

Nov. 16: Lincoln Council on Aging’s Older Adult LGBT Get-Together for Tea and Conversation, 10 am, Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Rd, Lincoln, MA. If there is no parking in front of the building, you may park in the church lot across the street. For more information, call (781) 259-8811 and ask for Carolyn, Abby, or Susan.

Nov. 18Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), 6 pm service at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St, Boston. Potluck at 7 pm following the service. This year’s TDoR marks the 20th anniversary of Rita Hester’s death. In addition to the traditional service, people will march to the Cathedral to memorialize Rita Hester as well as the trans and GNC family lost over the years. Marchers will gather at 4:45 pm at Dewey Square and set off at 5.

Nov. 18: LexPride Transgender Day of Remembrance, 1-2 pm, Lexington Battle Green (rain location is First Parish in Lexington). See the Facebook event.

Nov. 28: Queer Book Group/Social‘s Annual “I’m Feeling Pot-lucky” Potluck, 7-8:30 pm, Robbins Library, 4th Floor Conference Room, 700 Mass. Ave. Bring a dish to share with the group (if you can) or just come enjoy the labor of others. See the Facebook event. (Per Massachusetts state law we need to let you know that the neither the food nor the facilities have been inspected by the state or by a local public health agency.)

Dec. 5: Author reading from Romance at Stonegate, 7 pm, Robbins Library Community Room. Author Ellen Levy’s book features two young Jewish girls, Deborah and Miriam, who meet while vacationing in western Massachusetts in the summer of 1910. Deborah and Miriam are immediately attracted to one another and explore ways to fit into an unforgiving culture. Levy will discuss her book and draw you into world of 1910 and provide context for the romance in turn-of-the-century America.

Dec. 6: Save the date for an AIDS History event cosponsored by Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network (Queer Mystic), Council on Aging, and the Rainbow Commission.

Dec. 12Queer Book Group, 7 pm, Robbins Library, 4th Floor Conference Room, 700 Mass. Ave. QBG reads Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. Queer Book Group/Social reads great LGBTQ-themed books, both fiction and nonfiction, and hosts LGBTQ-themed social events. New members are welcome, so come make some new friends and expand your community! Cosponsored by the Rainbow Commission.

Dec. 13PFLAG Parent/Family Support Group, 7-9 pm, First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road Lexington.

Dec. 18: Reel Queer Watches I Am Not Your Negro, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library Community Room, , 700 Mass. Ave. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and based on the book James Baldwin left unfinished upon his death, the film is a radical narration about race in America. PG-13. 1h 33min. Cosponsored by the Council on Aging and the Rainbow Commission.

Jan. 10PFLAG Parent/Family Support Group, 7-9 pm, First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington.