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 (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.

Jan. 17Rainbow Commission meeting, 6:30 pm, Town Hall 1st Floor Annex conference room, 730 Mass Ave.

Jan. 17: LGBTQ+ Seniors Games and Cocoa, 6:30-8 pm, Arlington Senior Center , 27 Maple St. Meet new friends, or bring your own. Challenge your mind with games and have some laughs. Play one of our games, or bring your own. Warm up with a nice mug of hot chocolate and snacks.

Jan. 18: Gays In The Ocean (party for LGBTQ+ teens/young adults and allies), 5-8 pm, LYFS at First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Rd. Listen and dance to Ocean Beats, Haley Kiyoko’s Under the Blue, Frank Ocean, LGBTQ+ anthems, and your requests. Chill in the next room and peruse LexPride’s LGBTQ+ book collection. Eat dinner, goldfish, Swedish fish, and fish cookies. Have fun!

Jan. 23: Kate’s Café (Meal for LGBTQ+ Seniors and Friends), 5-8 pm, S&S Restaurant, 1334 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Enjoy a meal and companionship with LGBTQ+ seniors and friends. $4 for seniors 60+,
$7 for adults under 60. RSVP: lgbtcafe@eldercare.org or 617-628-601 x3193.

Jan. 25: LGBTQIA+ Teen Drop-In Space (every Friday when school is in session), 5-6 pm, LYFS at First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Rd. Free dinner, fun, and friends.

Jan. 30: QBG Game Night, 7:30-8:30 pm, Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave. This month QBG Social is hosting game night. New members are welcome. Come make some new friends and expand your community.

Feb. 11: Reel Queer watches The Miseducation of Cameron Post, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library Community Room, 700 Mass. Ave. This film has a runtime of 1h 31m and is not rated. Common Sense Media suggests 16+.

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

SAVE THE DATE: Feb. 16: Cookies & Community, hosted by the Rainbow Commission.

Feb. 28: National “I Am Jazz” Reading Day (for children ages 3+ and families), 4-5 pm, Cary Library, 1874 Mass. Ave., Lexington. Transgender teens and young adults (of varying identities) will read and tell stories and help participants with a “gender wheel” craft.

Mar. 12: When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities: A Poetry Reading by Chen Chen, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. 7-8:30 pm, Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Sq, Lexington. Lexington Community Education, $10.

SAVE THE DATE: Mar. 16: Crafts & Community, hosted by the Rainbow Commission.